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Headword: Χάος
Adler number: chi,83
Translated headword: chaos, space
Vetting Status: high
Also the air, in Aristophanes in Birds: "you shall not grant passage to the smell of the [sc. burning sacrificial] thighs through your foreign city and the space."[1]
Also [sc. attested in the phrase] "even Zeus is older than Chaos", in reference to very ancient things.[2]
And Ibycus [writes]: "he flies about in someone else's space."[3]
And elsewhere: "he fools around and spouts nonsense at us in vain, that even Zeus lived earlier than chaos."[4]
Greek Original:
Χάος: καὶ ὁ ἀήρ, παρ' Ἀριστοφάνει ἐν Ὄρνισι: διὰ τῆς πόλεως τῆς ἀλλοτρίας καὶ τοῦ χάους τῶν μηρίων τὴν κνίσσαν οὐ διαφρήσετε. καὶ Χάους ἀρχαιότερος καὶ Κρονίων, ἐπὶ τῶν πάνυ παλαιῶν. καὶ Ἴβυκος: ποτᾶται δ' ἐν ἀλλοτρίῳ χάει. καὶ αὖθις: ὁ δὲ φλυαρεῖ καὶ μάτην ἡμῶν λῆρον καταχεῖ, τοῦ χάους ἀρχαιότερον καὶ Κρονίων ἀπόζοντα.
For this (unglossed) headword see again chi 84.
[1] Aristophanes, Birds 192-3 (web address 1 below), with scholion; cf. omega 242.
[2] cf. below, at n.4.
[3] Ibycus fr.223b (in Page, PMG Suppl.).
[4] Aelian fr. 338 Domingo-Forasté (341 Hercher -- but attributed by Bernhardy to the emperor Julian).
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; food; mythology; poetry; religion; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 23 September 2000@03:50:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note) on 20 October 2000@10:05:04.
Catharine Roth (added note and cross-reference, tweaked link) on 13 May 2008@11:54:48.
David Whitehead (modifications to tr; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 14 May 2008@03:18:15.
David Whitehead (modified n.4) on 14 April 2011@07:39:51.
Catharine Roth (updated reference, upgraded link, typo) on 1 June 2011@22:29:06.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2011@08:30:02.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 8 November 2013@03:45:07.


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