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Meta
(562 words)

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[1] First wife of Aegeus

(Μήτα; Mḗta, = Melite: Schol. Eur. Med. 673), first wife of Aegeus (Apollod. 3,207).

[2] General

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A. Definition

The etymology of the Latin term meta is unclear. Basically it describes cone- or pyramid-shaped objects of stone, or sometimes wood, with various functions. In stone as a meta molendaria, the conical lower stone of ancient mills (mola asinaria, Mill), on top of which the upper stone, the catillus, turned (Dig. 33,7,18,5).

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Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) and Nielsen, Inge (Hamburg), “Meta”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e801760>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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