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Headword: Πύθια καὶ Δήλια
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:
Πύθια καὶ Δήλια: φασὶ Πολυκράτη, τὸν Σάμου τύραννον, Πύθια καὶ Δήλια ποιήσαντα ἅμα ἐν Δήλῳ πέμψαι εἰς θεοῦ, χρησόμενον εἰ τὰ τῆς θυσίας ἄγει κατὰ τὸ ὡρισμένον: τὴν δὲ Πυθίαν ἀνελεῖν: ταῦτά σοι καὶ Πύθια καὶ Δήλια: βουλομένην δηλοῦν ὅτι ἔσχατα: μετ' ὀλίγον γὰρ χρόνον αὐτὸν ἀπολέσθαι συνέβη. Ἐπίκουρος δὲ ἔν τινι τῶν πρὸς Ἰδομενέα ἐπιστολῶν ταῦτα. λέγεται δὲ καὶ Πυθοῖ, τουτέστιν ἐν τοῖς Πυθίοις. Ἀριστοφάνης: Ὀλυμπιᾶσιν, ἐν Πύλαις, Πυθοῖ.
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.
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