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Headword: *to\ basiliko\n boi/+dion
Adler number: tau,724
Translated headword: the royal calf
Vetting Status: high
Under [king] Ptolemy[1] a cow gave birth to six calves. In accordance with a favourable oracle which had foreseen what would happen, Ptolemy ordered [them] to be reared with every care amongst the royal ones; hence [sc. each] was called 'royal'.
Greek Original:
*to\ basiliko\n boi/+dion: e)pi\ *ptolemai/ou bou=s a)pe/teken e(\c boi/+dia. pro\s oi)wnou= de\ a)gaqou= to\ sumbhso/menon labw\n o( *ptolemai=os prose/tacen e)n toi=s basilei/ois tre/fesqai meta\ pa/shs e)pimelei/as: dio\ basiliko\n e)klh/qh.
cf. Apostolius 17.2, where this proverbial phrase is said to be applied to those receiving particular care or to the generally fortunate.
cf. generally tau 723.
[1] Of Egypt; but it is not clear which member of the dynasty is meant.
Keywords: chronology; daily life; history; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 April 2003@03:54:19.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 October 2004@11:02:26.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 28 October 2004@02:59:13.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 1 May 2011@08:21:07.
David Whitehead on 14 January 2014@05:57:28.


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