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Headword: Μύσκελλος
Adler number: mu,1474
Translated headword: Myskellos, Myscellus
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. And [sc. there is] an oracle [sc. to the effect that Myskellos should found a city where 'Zeus] ought to rain from a clear sky'. [Meaning] where rain out of a clear sky would overtake him. [Myskellos] never imagined that a city would be founded by him, on account of the oracle's impossibility. But when he arrived in Italy and did not know where to place the foundation [he saw] his concubine weeping, lamenting the wanderings, and in a certain way her tears are brought from the clear sky. For this was proclaimed to be in accordance with Myskellos' oracles. And with the decision to understand the oracle agreed upon, right there he founded the city.
Greek Original:
Μύσκελλος: ὄνομα κύριον. καὶ χρησμὸς ἐχρῆν αἰθρίας οὔσης ὕειν αὐτόν. ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν ἐξ αἰθρίας ὑετὸς λάβῃ. ὁ δὲ ᾤετο οὐκ ἄν ποτε ὑφ' ἑαυτοῦ κτισθήσεσθαι πόλιν, διὰ τὸ ἀδύνατον τοῦ χρησμοῦ. γενομένῳ δὲ αὐτῷ κατὰ τὴν Ἰταλίαν καὶ ἀμηχανοῦντι τὴν κτίσιν παρακαθίσασαν τὴν παλλακίδα δακρύειν, ὀδυρομένην τὰς πλάνας, καί πως ἐνεχθῆναι τὰ δάκρυα τῆς αἰθρίας. τοῦτο γὰρ ὠνομάζετο κατὰ τοὺς Μυσκέλλου χρησμούς. τὸν δὲ συμβαλλόμενον τέλος εἰληφέναι τὸν χρησμὸν ἐκεῖσε κτίσαι πόλιν.
See already mu 1473. The present entry's material is drawn (not very competently) from the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 371, where the phrase '[Zeus] ought to rain from a clear sky' occurs.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; geography; history; religion; science and technology; women
Translated by: Max Eager on 21 June 2009@11:05:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added keywords) on 21 June 2009@23:01:54.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; supplied note; more keywords; raised status) on 23 June 2009@03:31:31.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@04:26:11.


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