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Headword: *qespiw|dei=
Adler number: theta,281
Translated headword: sings oracles
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] prophesies. Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "[Loxias,] who sings oracles from a tripod of beaten gold."[1] The word has been derived from the [verb] qeopedwdei=n ['to attend a god'],[2] or from the fact that Themis leads the prophecies there. It was tragic in diction. And the Pythia prophesies sitting on a tripod. The part in which she sits was called a 'hollow seat'.[3]
Greek Original:
*qespiw|dei=: xrhsmologei=. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: o(\s qespiw|dei= tri/podos e)k xrushla/tou. h)tumolo/ghtai de\ h( le/cis para\ to\ qeopedwdei=n, h)\ para\ to\ th\n *qe/min e)kei= ta\s mantei/as a)/gein. e)tragikeu/sato de\ th=| fra/sei. h( de\ *puqi/a e)pi\ tri/podos kaqhme/nh e)xrhsmw/|dei. e)kalei=to de\ to\ me/ros e)n w(=| e)ka/qhto o(/lmos.
The headword is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 9, with comment partly drawn from the scholia there (but see next note).
[2] This material is not in the scholia; and no such verb is elsewhere attested.
[3] o(/lmos: LSJ entry at web address 1. See also epsilon 1387, omicron 181.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 14 April 2003@17:31:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 April 2003@05:04:36.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 14 May 2007@00:51:19.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaking) on 2 January 2013@04:34:54.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note 2) on 22 November 2018@22:58:46.


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