A luminary ( Greek κορυφή koryphé , German 'summit, crown' ) originally referred to someone who is at the top 'or a' leader '.
The term is used in different contexts: In the Greek tragedy of antiquity , the choir leader is referred to as a luminary. This is where the term for the first solo dancer is used, which is particularly common in the Austrian-speaking world. A luminary is also a person who excels through exceptional achievements: an authority , an expert , a capacity, a specialist in a particular subject.
Coryphaeus is also the nickname of Jupiter in Wilhelm Vollmer's dictionary of mythology from 1874.
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- Luminary . In: Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon . 6th edition. Volume 11, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1907, p. 520 .