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Headword: *qeo/lhptos
Adler number: theta,167
Translated headword: god-possessed
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] seized by a god,[1] inspired.
"[Barbius] Philippicus [...] was a servile person [...] and prone to flattery and yet he was numbered among the inner-circle of Antonius."[2]
Greek Original:
*qeo/lhptos: u(po\ qeou= susxeqei/s, e)/nqeos. o( de\ *filippiko\s qe/ray h)=n kai\ kolakiko\s kai\ me/ntoi kai\ tw=| peri\ *)antw/nion qia/sw| katei/lekto.
The headword is often used as a term of honor or approbation by Christian writers, so 'God-possessed' and 'Seized by God' are also legitimate ways to render the headword and the initial gloss.
[1] The same gloss is found in Cyril's lexicon (as reported by Cunningham in the apparatus to his edition of the Synagoge). In the Synagoge itself the same word is glossed differently (theta48). Photius, Lexicon theta98 has the lemma with no gloss.
[2] A misplaced fragment of Aelian fr. 66 Hercher (69 Domingo-Forasté); quoted more fully already at beta 109 (q.v. for further commentary on the passage). It illustrates not the present headword but the word qe/ray ('slave', 'servile person'), and an even shorter fragment of the same passage is quoted more appropriately at the entry for that word, theta 232.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; definition; ethics; politics; religion
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 18 February 2008@00:12:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 18 February 2008@04:09:26.
William Hutton (tweaked headword and translation, augmented notes, raised status) on 18 February 2008@07:04:51.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 31 December 2012@08:45:02.
David Whitehead (coding) on 27 April 2016@10:59:23.


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