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Headword: Ἴσις
Adler number: iota,636
Translated headword: Isis
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
She is [sc. also] called Io.[1] She was snatched by Zeus from Argos [Myth, Place] and he, fearing Hera, changed her first into a white cow, then into a black one, and then into one that was violet-coloured. After wandering around with her, he came into Egypt. The Egyptians, then, honour Isis, and for this reason they carve the horns of a cow on the head of her statue, alluding to the change from maiden to cow.
Greek Original:
Ἴσις: αὕτη λέγεται Ἰώ: ἣν ἥρπασεν ὁ Ζεὺς ἐξ Ἄργους καὶ τὴν Ἥραν φοβούμενος μετέβαλεν αὐτὴν ποτὲ μὲν εἰς λευκὴν βοῦν, ποτὲ δὲ εἰς μέλαιναν, ποτὲ δὲ ἰάζουσαν: μεθ' ἧς πλανώμενος ἦλθεν εἰς Αἴγυπτον. τιμῶσιν οὖν Αἰγύπτιοι τὴν Ἴσιν: διὸ ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς τοῦ ἀγάλματος αὐτῆς κέρατα βοὸς γλύφουσι, δηλοῦντες τὴν ἐπὶ βοῦν τῆς κόρης μεταβολήν.
Notes:
ps.-Nonnus, Scholia mythologica 39.20.1-9 (on Gregory of Nazianzus PG 36.1072b).
[1] See also iota 453 and iota 635; OCD(4) s.v.
Keywords: aetiology; art history; Christianity; gender and sexuality; geography; mythology; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 November 2000@12:04:43.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, added keywords) on 19 November 2000@00:10:55.
David Whitehead (added bibliography and keyword) on 28 May 2001@04:09:07.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 10 December 2002@17:38:13.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords) on 15 January 2013@06:50:12.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 19 January 2013@19:41:35.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@03:57:25.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 20 December 2014@23:57:00.
David Whitehead on 21 December 2014@04:10:33.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 17 February 2019@01:55:46.

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