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Headword: Διὸς ψῆφος
Adler number: delta,1213
Translated headword: Zeus's tribunal, Zeus's vote
Vetting Status: high
Thus it is called, in which Athena and Poseidon were judged. Cratinus in Archilochoi [writes]: "where they are called chairs and game-boards of great Zeus."[1] For the place, in which they were judged, is called Zeus's tribunal. The saying applies to things which are divine and inviolable.[2]
Greek Original:
Διὸς ψῆφος: οὕτως καλεῖται, ἐν ᾧ Ἀθηνᾶ καὶ Ποσειδῶν ἐκρίθησαν. Κρατῖνος Ἀρχιλόχοις: ἔνθα Διὸς μεγάλου θᾶκοι πεσσοί τε καλοῦνται. ὁ γὰρ τόπος, ἐν ᾧ ἐκρίθησαν, Διὸς ψῆφος καλεῖται. τάττεται δὲ ἡ παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν ἱερῶν καὶ ἀθίκτων.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
The contest between Athena and Poseidon for patronage of Athens was shown on the west pediment of the Parthenon; see also e.g. Herodotus 8.55, Pausanias 1.24.3.
[1] Cratinus fr.7 Kock (and K.-A).
[2] Apostolius 6.20 and other paroemiographers.
Keywords: art history; comedy; daily life; definition; law; mythology; proverbs; religion
Translated by: James Hicks on 21 January 2004@19:59:04.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 21 January 2004@20:07:49.
David Whitehead (modified headword; supplied notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 22 January 2004@03:09:30.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 13 July 2012@04:32:06.
David Whitehead on 23 August 2013@08:58:19.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 23 December 2014@03:48:09.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 November 2015@07:49:27.


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