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Headword: Orgeônas
Adler number: omicron,512
Translated headword: cult-members
Vetting Status: high
There is a speech of Isaeus to cult-members.[1] Cult-members [o)rgew=nes] are those coming together to honor gods or heroes; for [the verb] o)rgia/zein is sacrificing and seeing[2] the customary acts - either from stretching out [o)re/gein] the hands or from the secret rites [o)/rgia,[3] or because the ceremonies are performed in o)rga/des[4] and groves. Perhaps the custom of giving the same name to people gathered together to honor some of the dead and to cult-members arose later, as can be seen from the will of Theophrastus.
"One of the orgeones from Eleusis", says Aelian in On Forethought.[5]
Greek Original:
Orgeônas: Isaiou logos estin hôs orgeônas. orgeônes de eisin hoi epi timêi theôn ê hêrôôn suniontes: orgiazein gar esti to thuein kai ta nomizomena horan: ê para to oregein tô cheire: ê para ta orgia: ê dia to en tais orgasi kai tois alsesi ta hiera dran. hoi mentoi poiêtai etatton tounoma haplôs epi tôn hiereôn. mêpote de husteron nenomisthai to epi timêi tinas tôn apothanontôn sunienai kai orgeônas onomazesthai, hôs esti sunidein ek tôn Theophrastou diathêkôn. tôn ex Eleusinos orgeônôn heis: phêsin Ailianos en tôi Peri pronoias.
The main part of this entry is an abridgement of Harpokration s.v.
For the headword noun (here in the accusative plural: see next note) cf. omicron 509, omicron 510, omicron 511.
[1] Isaeus fr. 111 Sauppe. The Suda's w(s o)rgew=nas is a corruption of Harpok.'s pro\s ... ('In reply to ...').
[2] So the transmitted text, o(ra=n; but change to dra=n, "performing" (as in Harpok.). On o)rgia/zein, see omicron 516.
[3] cf. omicron 515.
[4] See omicron 504, omicron 505.
[5] Aelian fr. 10a Domingo-Forasté (10 Hercher).
OCD(4) 1046
Keywords: aetiology; biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 December 2000@07:02:05.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, cross-references, status) on 29 January 2004@01:11:16.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 29 January 2004@03:08:02.
Catharine Roth (updated reference in note 5) on 25 March 2011@23:26:08.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 27 March 2011@03:55:05.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 13 July 2011@05:55:08.
David Whitehead on 6 August 2014@03:18:35.


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