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Headword: Ὄλυμπος
Adler number: omicron,218
Translated headword: Olympos, Olympus
Vetting Status: high
"A brother of Generosa; [he] who came from Cilicia to Alexandria for the worship of Sarpedon."[1] "He had a marvelous nature in all respects: his body was large and tall to look at, and his face was handsome and virtuous. At that time he had reached the age of greatest prudence, and was sociable and reasonably pleasant to those who met him. He was exceptionally helpful to those who followed his advice."[2] "No one had so hard and barbarous a soul that he was not persuaded and charmed by the words which flowed from his sacred mouth; for such a kind of persuasion sat on the lips of the man, not a human quality but rather divine."[3] "Thus he became a religious teacher for the Alexandrians, when they were being swept away by the torrent of society. Whenever he gathered together those around him, he taught them the ancient customs and the happiness which goes with them -- how great and of what kind the happiness is which comes from the gods to those who keep these customs accurately."[4] "Olympus was so full of divinity that he even foretold to his companions, 'Sarapis is leaving his temple'; which is what happened."[5]
Greek Original:
Ὄλυμπος, ἀδελφὸς Γενερώσης: ὃς ἧκεν ἀπὸ τῆς Κιλικίας εἰς Ἀλεξάνδρειαν ἐπὶ τὴν θεραπείαν τοῦ Σαρπηδόνος. ἦν δὲ ἐς πάντα φύσιν ἀξιάγαστον κεκτημένος, μέγας μὲν τὸ σῶμα καὶ εὐμήκης ἰδεῖν, καλὸς δὲ καὶ ἀγαθὸς τὴν ὄψιν. τῆς δὲ ἡλικίας ἐν τῷ φρονιμωτάτῳ τότε γεγονὼς εὐόμιλός τε ἦν καὶ ἡδὺς ἱκανῶς τοῖς ἐντυγχάνουσι καὶ ὠφέλιμος εἴπερ τις ἕτερος τοῖς πειθομένοις. οὐδεὶς δὲ ἦν οὕτως ἀτεράμων καὶ βάρβαρος τὴν ψυχήν, ὃς οὐκ ἐπείθετο καὶ κατεκηλεῖτο τοῖς ἀπὸ τοῦ ἱεροῦ στόματος ἐκείνου ῥέουσι λόγοις: τοιάδε τις ἐπεκάθητο πειθὼ τοῖς χείλεσι τοῦ ἀνδρός, οὐκ ἀνθρώπειόν τι χρῆμα, ἀλλὰ θειότερον. ταῦτά τοι τοῖς Ἀλεξανδρεῦσι κατέστη ἱεροδιδάσκαλος, ἤδη κατασυρομένοις ὑπὸ τοῦ χειμάρρου τῆς πολιτείας. ὁ δὲ συναγείρων ἑκάστοτε τοὺς παρατυγχάνοντας ἐδίδασκε τὰ ἀρχαῖα νόμιμα καὶ τὴν τούτοις ἐφεπομένην εὐδαιμονίαν, ὅση τε καὶ οἵα θεόθεν ἀπήντα τοῖς ἀκριβῶς ταῦτα διαφυλάττουσιν. οὕτω δὲ ἦν ὁ Ὄλυμπος πλήρης τοῦ θεοῦ, ὥστε καὶ προεῖπε τοῖς ἑταίροις, ὅτι Σάραπις ἀφίησι τὸν νεών: ὃ καὶ γέγονεν.
[1] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 91 Zintzen, 42A Athanassiadi. Valesius, Kuester, and Asmus emend the final name, surely correctly, to Σαράπιδος ('the worship of Sarapis').
[2] Ibid. fr. 42C Athanassiadi.
[3] Ibid. fr. 42B Athanassiadi; cf. alpha 4343.
[4] Ibid. fr. 42F Athanassiadi; these last pagans are resisting the domination of Christianity.
[5] Ibid. fr. 42H Athanassiadi; reference to the destruction of the Serapeion.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; ethics; geography; imagery; medicine; philosophy; religion; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 March 2004@01:45:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; typo and other cosmetics) on 7 March 2004@04:26:11.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 31 October 2005@10:28:51.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 25 June 2013@03:45:05.


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