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Headword: Thespiôidei
Adler number: theta,281
Translated headword: sings oracles
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] prophesies. Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "[Loxias,] who sings oracles from a tripod of beaten gold."[1] The word has been derived from the [verb] qeopedwdei=n ['to attend a god'],[2] or from the fact that Themis leads the prophecies there. It was tragic in diction. And the Pythia prophesies sitting on a tripod. The part in which she sits was called a 'hollow seat'.[3]
Greek Original:
Thespiôidei: chrêsmologei. Aristophanês Ploutôi: hos thespiôidei tripodos ek chrusêlatou. êtumologêtai de hê lexis para to theopedôdein, ê para to tên Themin ekei tas manteias agein. etragikeusato de têi phrasei. hê de Puthia epi tripodos kathêmenê echrêsmôidei. ekaleito de to meros en hôi ekathêto holmos.
The headword is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 9, with comment partly drawn from the scholia there (but see next note).
[2] This material is not in the scholia; and no such verb is elsewhere attested.
[3] o(/lmos: LSJ entry at web address 1. See also epsilon 1387, omicron 181.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 14 April 2003@17:31:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 April 2003@05:04:36.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 14 May 2007@00:51:19.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaking) on 2 January 2013@04:34:54.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note 2) on 22 November 2018@22:58:46.


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