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Headword: *)ate/lestos
Adler number: alpha,4335
Translated headword: uninitiated
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning someone] profane, unhallowed, uninitiated, not having performed rites.
Aelian [writes]:[1] "when the mysteries of the Two Deities[2] were being performed, an uninitiated man,[3] a profane man, did not wish to be initiated according to the laws, but to make an offering because of the infirmity of his unfortunate curiosity. And when he came up onto a rock he saw what was happening; he slipped off the rock, fell with an impact of great force, and died."
Greek Original:
*)ate/lestos: a)mu/htos, be/bhlos, a)norgi/astos, teleta\s mh\ pepoihme/nos. *ai)liano/s: musthri/wn teloume/nwn toi=n *qeoi=n, a)te/lestos me\n a)nqrw/pois, a)no/sios de\ ou)k e)boulh/qh muhqh=nai kata\ tou\s no/mous, a)lla\ dou=nai polupragmosu/nhs dustuxou=s a)rrwsth/mati xa/rin. kai\ e)pi/ tinos a)nelqw\n li/qou e(w/ra ta\ gino/mena: e)k ga/r toi tou= li/qou katw/lisqe kai\ biai/a| th=| plh/gh| peripesw\n a)pe/qanen.
[1] Aelian fr. 46b Domingo-Forasté (43 Hercher).
[2] Demeter and Kore, at Eleusis.
[3] Adler printed the dative plural; but unless (as Bernhardy supposed) material is missing, one should prefer the manuscripts which have nominative singular.
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; geography; history; law; medicine; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 March 2002@08:24:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 April 2002@07:26:51.
Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 26 March 2012@22:27:03.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 28 April 2012@06:27:25.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2015@08:51:26.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 9 December 2015@01:36:24.


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