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Headword: Γῆς ὀμφαλός
Adler number: gamma,259
Translated headword: earth's navel
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the temple of Apollo.[1] "For if such doings as these [are] honorable, why must I dance in the chorus? No longer do I go as a worshipper to the inviolate navel of the earth." That is, no longer do I go to Apollo, nor to his undefiled and holy and unapproachable temple.[2]
Greek Original:
Γῆς ὀμφαλός: ὁ νεὼς τοῦ Ἀπόλλωνος. εἰ γὰρ αἱ τοιαίδε πράξεις τίμιαι, τί δεῖ με χορεύειν; οὐκέτι τὸν ἄθικτον εἶμι γῆς ἐπ' ὀμφαλὸν σέβων. τουτέστιν οὐκέτι ἄπειμι πρὸς τὸν Ἀπόλλωνα, οὐδὲ πρὸς τὸν ἄχραντον καὶ σεβάσμιον καὶ ἀπροσπέλαστον αὐτοῦ νεών.
[1] At Delphi; cf. delta 210, and see Strabo 9.3.6; Albert Schachter, 'omphalos', in OCD(4) s.v.
[2] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 895-8 (web address 1 below), with scholion.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: definition; ethics; geography; imagery; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 July 2002@19:54:05.
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Catharine Roth (added note) on 14 July 2002@01:21:52.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 14 July 2002@05:43:57.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 20 August 2009@09:29:17.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another keyword) on 26 March 2010@08:46:50.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2012@07:26:55.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 9 September 2012@01:43:29.
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