Husai

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Σιληνὸς μέντοι ὁ Χῖος κατὰ τὴν ἱστορίαν ἐν δευτέρῳ βιβλίῳ τῶν αὐτῶν μυθικῶν δασύνει παρὰ τὴν ὁδὸν, λέγων ὡς Ἀντικλείας ὁδευούσης παρὰ τὸ Νήριτον, ὗσεν ὁ Ζεύς. τὴν δὲ ὑπὸ ἀγωνίας ἐκεῖ πεσοῦσαν τεκεῖν. καὶ τὸ γεννηθὲν κληθῆναι Ὀδυσσέα παρὰ τὸ ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ὗσαι.
(Eustathius, Commentarii ad Homeri Odysseam 19.407 (t. II p. 209 l. 46ss.))

Silenus of Chios, however, according to the information found in the second book of his Mythica, rudely links the name Odysseus to hodos (road), claiming that when Antikleia was travelling to Mt. Neriton, it started to rain. She, falling down exhausted, gave birth then and there. The newborn child was called Odysseus because it had rained (husai) on the road (hodos). (tr. David Bauwens)

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