The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

Greek Feminines in -Ias: An Ovidian Predilection

E. J. Kenneya1

a1 Cambridge

The ordinary Latin words for ‘lonian’ are lonicus and lonius. Ovid does not use the former at all, and except for one problematical instance applies the latter only to the Ionian Sea (cf. OLD s. v.). Copyists, editors, and lexicographers, however, credit him, and him only, with Ioniacus, supposedly attested in two passages of almost identical wording: