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Headword: *dia/sia
Adler number: delta,752
Translated headword: Diasia
Vetting Status: high
A festival of Zeus the Kindly[1] at Athens; it is called 'Diasia' because they escaped [diafugei=n] troubles [a)/sai] with their prayers.[2]
And Aristophanes [writes]: "when I bought you a little cart at the Diasia."[3]
Greek Original:
*dia/sia: e(orth\ *)aqh/nhsi *meilixi/ou *dio/s: prosagoreu/etai de\ *dia/sia, a)po\ tou= diafugei=n au)tou\s eu)xai=s ta\s a)/sas. kai\ *)aristofa/nhs: o(/t' e)pria/mhn soi *diasi/ois a(maci/da.
[1] i.e. Zeus Meilichios (cf. generally mu 847). On this festival see Robert Parker in OCD(4) s.v. (p.446).
[2] This etymology is patently false, though a more correct one is difficult to specify. It is tempting to suppose that the name of the festival is related to that of Zeus himself (PIE *dyaus) or to the word di=os ('bright', 'divine'), but, as Chantraine (s.v.) asks, "mais comment?"
[3] An approximation of Aristophanes, Clouds 864 (web address 1), the scholia to which is the source of this entry; quoted here from alpha 1488.
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire ├ętymologique de la langue grecque ed. 2. Paris 2009.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; children; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; religion; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 October 2003@15:31:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes) on 22 October 2003@03:56:52.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 2 July 2012@06:19:14.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@04:59:05.
Catharine Roth (tweaked bibliography) on 26 July 2016@22:47:31.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 10 September 2016@22:51:57.


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