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Headword: Μελάμπους
Adler number: mu,448
Translated headword: Melampous, Melampus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
An expert in augury.[1]
"But the councillor was lesser than Melampus or Polles."[2]
"These men were excellent at judging the future."[3]
Greek Original:
Μελάμπους: μαντικῆς εἰδήμων. ὁ δὲ σύμβολος Μελάμποδος ἢ Πόλλητος ἐδέετο. οὗτοι δὲ ἦσαν ἄριστοι κρίνειν τὰ μέλλοντα.
Notes:
[1] Legendary soothsayer, mentioned in e.g. Homer, Odyssey 15.225; Herodotus 2.49. See generally Jan N. Bremmer in OCD4 s.v. Melampus(1).
[2] Also quoted under sigma 1376. Attributed by Bernhardy to Aelian, but probably (as Adler) a careless approximation of Marinus, Life of Proclus lines 265-267 Masullo: "who could ever be a clearer councillor than him, someone who was no lesser than Polles or Melampus or their like in judgement?"
[3] Adler suggests this comment might come from a scholion on Gregory of Nazianzus; cf. PG 36.1009b. (Note however that at sigma 1376 this statement is differently worded and appears to be connected -- by γάρ , not δέ -- with the remark about Melampus and Polles.)
Keywords: biography; Christianity; definition; epic; ethics; historiography; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 9 May 2009@06:28:10.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note and keywords, set status) on 9 May 2009@12:15:12.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; more keywords; tweaks) on 10 May 2009@04:29:01.
David Whitehead on 14 May 2013@07:26:55.
David Whitehead (expanded n.3) on 26 May 2014@04:01:36.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@08:20:46.

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