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Headword: *)olumpia/s
Adler number: omicron,214
Translated headword: Olympiad
Vetting Status: high
This is what the Greeks call the competition held every four years, because of the day which comes from the three seasons of the year in each four-year period of the cycles of the sun.[1]
The first Olympiad was established in the time of Solomon, for a (?)universal festival of Zeus.[2]
Greek Original:
*)olumpia/s: ou(/tw kalei=tai par' *(/ellhsin o( kata\ te/ssara e)/th suntelou/menos a)gw/n, dia\ th\n kata\ tetraeti/an tw=n tou= h(li/ou dro/mwn e)k tw=n kat' e)/tos w(rw=n triw=n sunteloume/nhn h(me/ran. e)te/qh de\ prw/th *)olumpia\s e)pi\ *solomw=ntos, ei)s e(orth\n kosmikh\n tou= *dio/s.
See also omicron 215.
[1] George the Monk, Chronicon 306.8-11. It is far from clear what he means, especially by 'three' seasons; perhaps the number is corrupt.
[2] Source unknown. (For Solomon see sigma 772, sigma 773, sigma 774. The traditional date of the first Olympiad is 776 BCE, considerably later than any plausible date for Solomon.)
Keywords: athletics; Christianity; chronology; definition; historiography; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 November 2009@22:23:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 November 2009@04:22:34.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 25 June 2013@03:32:31.


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