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Headword: *pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia
Adler number: pi,3128
Translated headword: Pythia and Delia
Vetting Status: high
They say that Polycrates, the tyrant of Samos,[1] having created the Pythia and the Delia [festivals] in Delos at the same time, sent an embassy to the oracle of the god [Apollo] to ask whether he was performing the details of the sacrifice in accordance with what was ordained: the Pythia answered: "these things are your Pythia and Delia": she intended to make clear that this was the end, for after a short time it happened that he was killed. Epicurus in one of his letters to Idomeneus [said] these things.[2]
Also said is "at Pytho", that is, in the Pythian [games]. Aristophanes [writes]: "at Olympia, in [Thermo]pylai, [and] at Pytho."[2]
Greek Original:
*pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia: fasi\ *polukra/th, to\n *sa/mou tu/rannon, *pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia poih/santa a(/ma e)n *dh/lw| pe/myai ei)s qeou=, xrhso/menon ei) ta\ th=s qusi/as a)/gei kata\ to\ w(risme/non: th\n de\ *puqi/an a)nelei=n: tau=ta/ soi kai\ *pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia: boulome/nhn dhlou=n o(/ti e)/sxata: met' o)li/gon ga\r xro/non au)to\n a)pole/sqai sune/bh. *)epi/kouros de\ e)/n tini tw=n pro\s *)idomene/a e)pistolw=n tau=ta. le/getai de\ kai\ *puqoi=, toute/stin e)n toi=s *puqi/ois. *)aristofa/nhs: *)olumpia=sin, e)n *pu/lais, *puqoi=.
For the first and principal paragraph here (also in Photius pi1515 Theodoridis, and cf. some of the paroemiographers) see again at tau 175; and see J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle: its responses and operations with a catalogue of responses (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1978) 307, #Q116.
[1] Tyrant of Samos c.535-c.522. See generally OCD4 Polycrates(1).
[2] Epicurus fr. 136 Usener.
[2] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 1131, with scholion.
Keywords: athletics; biography; comedy; daily life; geography; history; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 14 June 2000@06:43:43.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Altered wording.) on 14 June 2000@10:39:49.
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 31 March 2001@05:51:59.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 3 October 2002@09:24:46.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 December 2011@08:08:00.
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