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Headword: *trio/fqalmos
Adler number: tau,996
Translated headword: three-eyed
Vetting Status: high
An oracle was given to [the] Boeotians, [saying] that they should follow the first three-eyed person they met. A certain Oxylos riding on a one-eyed horse, understanding the prophecy . . . they followed him.
Greek Original:
*trio/fqalmos: *boiwtoi=s e)do/qh xrhsmo/s, o(/tw| a)\n sunanth/swsi prw/tw| triofqa/lmw| o)/nti, tou/tw| e(/pesqai. *)/oculos de/ tis o)xou/menos e)pi\ i(/ppou e(terofqa/lmou, sunei\s to\ qeopro/pion ... h)kolou/qhsan au)tw=|.
For longer versions of this aetiological/mythological episode see Pausanias 5.3.5-7 (explaining that it is the kings of the invading Dorians who receive this (sc. Delphic) oracle) and Apollodorus 2.175. The source of Suda's version, textually faulty at the end, is unidentifiable. (Valckenaer suggested Aelian.)
Oxylos is cross-referenced at omicron 427.
J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle (Berkeley 1978) L65
Keywords: aetiology; biography; history; medicine; mythology; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 November 2002@17:33:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note, bibliog, keyword) on 7 November 2002@03:27:57.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 April 2010@06:23:01.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords) on 29 May 2011@09:34:21.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 15 August 2011@07:40:30.


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