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Headword: Αἲξ οὐρανία
Adler number: alphaiota,237
Translated headword: heavenly goat
Vetting Status: high
[Referring to] the kinds of white bean with which they used to put a question to the vote and elect [sc. officials].[1] Cratinus [says that] just as the goat Amaltheia was Zeus' nurse, so too a heavenly goat was [the nurse of] those accepting bribes.[2] But others are accustomed to call and understand thus that which provides abundantly the resources for extorting money from others.
And so "heavenly goat" is [a proverbial phrase used] in reference to those getting as much as they want. For they say that the nanny-goat which nursed Zeus was placed in the heavens. And they say that the one seeing her rise first obtains whatever he prays for.
Greek Original:
Αἲξ οὐρανία: τὰ τοῦ λευκοῦ κυάμου γένη, ᾧ ἐπεψήφιζον καὶ ἐχειροτόνουν. ὁ δὲ Κρατῖνος καθάπερ τοῦ Διὸς αἶγα Ἀμαλθείαν τροφόν, οὕτως καὶ τῶν δωροδοκούντων αἶγα οὐρανίαν. οἱ δὲ τὰ εἰς τὸ ἀργυρίζεσθαί τισιν ἀφθόνως ἀφορμὴν παρέχοντα οὕτως εἰώθασι λέγειν κωμῳδοῦντες καὶ καταλαμβάνειν. Αἲξ οὖν οὐρανία, ἐπὶ τῶν τυγχανόντων ὅσων βούλονται. τὴν γὰρ αἶγα τὴν Διὸς τροφὸν κατηστερίσθαι φασί. καί φασι τὸν ἐπιφθασάμενον ἐπιτέλλουσαν αὐτὴν ἐπιτυγχάνειν ὅσα ἂν εὔξηται.
The first part of this entry is also in Photius. Earlier, Zenobius (1.26) had begun at 'Cratinus ...'. See further below, n. 1.
cf. epsilon 2748, phi 479, alpha 1478.
[1] cf. generally kappa 2575 and especially kappa 2578.
[2] Cratinus fr. 244 Kock, now 261 K.-A.
Keywords: botany; comedy; constitution; daily life; economics; ethics; food; imagery; law; mythology; politics; proverbs; religion; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Bobbiejo Winfrey on 5 April 2003@18:28:28.
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Catharine Roth (modified translation, added notes and keywords) on 6 April 2003@00:15:06.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 6 April 2003@00:26:45.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 9 April 2003@03:54:28.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added keyword) on 17 October 2005@18:40:37.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 18 October 2005@03:07:57.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 May 2012@06:58:58.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 16 May 2012@00:30:10.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 23 December 2014@04:40:28.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 28 November 2015@10:42:40.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 11 November 2017@01:22:08.


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