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Headword: Κλῆρος Ἑρμοῦ
Adler number: kappa,1785
Translated headword: Hermes' lot
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
In an ancient custom those casting lots used to throw an olive-leaf, which they called Hermes, into an urn; and first they took this out, assigning this honour to the god; and the one after the god got his allocation. Euripides in Aiolos[1] mentions this practice.
Greek Original:
Κλῆρος Ἑρμοῦ: συνηθείᾳ ἀρχαίᾳ ἔβαλλον οἱ κληροῦντες εἰς ὑδρίαν ἐλαίας φύλλον, ὃ προσηγόρευον Ἑρμῆν: καὶ πρῶτον ἐξῄρουν τοῦτο, τιμὴν τῷ θεῷ ταύτην ἀπονέμοντες: ἐλάγχανε δὲ ὁ μετὰ τὸν θεόν. Εὐριπίδης ἐν Αἰόλῳ μνημονεύει τοῦ ἔθους τούτου.
Notes:
From Photius' Lexicon (kappa774 Theodoridis).
For 'lot' see also kappa 1782, kappa 1783, kappa 1784.
[1] Euripides fr. 39.
Keywords: botany; chronology; daily life; religion; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 October 2005@06:17:24.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 October 2005@12:36:59.
David Whitehead (x-refs) on 28 October 2005@03:05:23.
David Whitehead on 3 March 2013@04:49:22.
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