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Headword: *kataiba/ths
Adler number: kappa,887
Translated headword: Descending, Kataibates
Vetting Status: high
[An epithet of] Zeus amongst Athenians; from his sending-down of thunderbolts. Or from his descending [sc. to earth] through love of women.
Greek Original:
*kataiba/ths: *zeu\s par' *)aqhnai/ois: para\ to\ katabiba/zein tou\s keraunou/s. h)\ a)po\ tou= katabai/nein di' e)/rwta tw=n gunaikw=n.
The two could be the same, as the myth of Zeus and Semele (mother of Dionysos) shows. See OCD(4) s.v. Semele.
For Zeus Kataibates see e.g. Aristophanes, Peace 42 (web address 1), and LSJ s.v. (which shows that the epithet was by no means confined to Athens).
W. Burkert, Greek Religion (Cambridge Mass. 1985) 126
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; geography; mythology; religion; science and technology; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 July 2001@05:49:46.
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Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; added italics; raised status) on 10 September 2003@14:34:01.
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