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Headword: Χάος
Adler number: chi,84
Translated headword: Chaos
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "First was Chaos, Night, black Erebus, and broad Tartarus. There was neither earth, nor air, nor heaven. Black-winged Night begat the first wind-egg in the boundless bosom of Erebus. And after the cycles of the years, from this sprang Eros the desirable, whose back glistened with golden wings just like wind-swift eddies. He mated with winged night-like Chaos in deep Tartarus and hatched our race and first rose up to the light. There was no earlier race of the Deathless before Eros joined everything. And when some mixed with others, there came to be Heaven and the Ocean and the Earth, and the immortal race of blessed gods."[1]
Greek Original:
Χάος: Ἀριστοφάνης: Χάος ἦν καὶ Νὺξ Ἔρεβός τε μέλαν πρῶτον καὶ Τάρταρος εὐρύς: γῆ δ' οὐδ' ἀὴρ οὐδ' οὐρανὸς ἦν: Ἐρέβους δ' ἐν ἀπείροισι κόλποις τίκτει πρώτιστον ὑπηνέμιον Νὺξ ἡ μελανόπτερος ᾠόν: ἐξ οὗ περιτελλομέναις ὥραις ἔβλαστ' Ἔρως ὁ ποθεινός, στίλβων νῶτον πτερύγαιν χρυσαῖν, εἰκὼς ἀνεμώκεσι δίναις. οὗτος δὲ Χάει πτερόεντι μιχθεὶς νυχίῳ κατὰ Τάρταρον εὐρὺν ἐνεόττευσε γένος ἡμέτερον καὶ πρῶτον ἀνήγαγεν εἰς φῶς. πρότερον δ' οὐκ ἦν γένος ἀθανάτων, πρὶν Ἔρως συνέμιξεν ἅπαντα: ξυμμιγνυμένων ἑτέρων ἑτέροις, ἐγένετο Οὐρανὸς Ὠκεανός τε καὶ Γῆ, πάντων τε θεῶν μακάρων γένος ἄφθιτον.
See also chi 83.
[1] Aristophanes, Birds 693-702 (web address 1 below).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; gender and sexuality; imagery; mythology; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 23 September 2000@04:01:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 6 September 2002@06:12:41.
David Whitehead (added note) on 6 September 2002@06:13:48.
David Whitehead on 8 November 2013@03:46:38.


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