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Headword: *qemisteu/ein
Adler number: theta,118
Translated headword: to themistize, to give an oracular response
Vetting Status: high
Meaning to deliver oracles. Lysias [sc. uses the word.[1] The name [comes] from the fact that Themis once possessed the [Delphic] oracle, before Apollo.[2]
Greek Original:
*qemisteu/ein: a)nti\ tou= xrhsmw|dei=n: *lusi/as. ge/gone de\ to\ o)/noma a)po\ tou= *qe/min e)sxhke/nai pote\ to\ mantei=on pro\ tou= *)apo/llwnos.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.
[1] Lysias fr. 23 Sauppe (still 23 Carey OCT).
[2] As noted by Harpok., it is Aeschylus at the beginning of the Eumenides who provided the basis for this etymology.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; religion; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 November 2000@04:01:01.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 9 August 2003@01:46:47.
David Whitehead (augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 9 August 2003@09:28:00.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 10 July 2011@07:21:06.


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