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Headword: *bu/as
Adler number: beta,585
Translated headword: eagle-owl
Vetting Status: high
A type of nocturnal bird.
Also [sc. attested are the phrases] "an eagle-owl was seen" and "eagle-owls were seen". Dio in Roman Histories often says that these appeared to the Romans by way of omen.[1] It signifies disasters.
Greek Original:
*bu/as: ei)=dos o)rne/ou nukterinou=. kai\ *bu/as w)/fqh: kai\ *bu/ai w)/fqhsan. *di/wn e)n *(rwmai+koi=s e)n te/ratos lo/gw| toi=s *(rwmai/ois tau=ta e)pifai/nesqai polla/kis le/gei. shmai/nei de\ sumfora/s.
[1] Adler cites Cassius Dio 40.17.1; add e.g. 40.47.2 (so Theodoridis on Photius beta306), 41.14.2, 42.26.3, and with somewhat different wording 50.8.2, 54.29.7, 56.29.3, 56.45.2, 72.24.1.
Keywords: definition; historiography; history; religion; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 April 2002@09:04:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 30 April 2002@10:41:28.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 6 March 2011@08:53:19.
David Whitehead on 4 June 2012@06:34:33.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 23 August 2013@06:54:49.


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