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Headword: Ὄττα
Adler number: omicron,726
Translated headword: prediction, rumor, voice
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning an] utterance, prophecy, divine voice.[1] Also [sc. attested is the related verb] ὀττεύεσθαι ["to divine from an ominous sound"], [meaning] to prophesy.[2]
"But having made an intelligent prediction of the future, he got the idea of removing the guard from Ptolemy."[3]
Greek Original:
Ὄττα: φήμη, μαντεία, θεία κλῃδών. καὶ ὀττεύεσθαι, τὸ μαντεύεσθαι. ὁ δὲ τὸ μέλλον ἐμφρόνως ὀττευσάμενος εἰς ἔννοιαν ἦλθε τὴν φρουρὰν ἀποτρίψασθαι τὴν παρὰ Πτολεμαίου.
Notes:
[1] Attic for ὄσσα (omicron 676).
[2] (Attic for ὀσσεύεσθαι .) The entry so far = Photius, Lexicon omicron598 Theodoridis, and the first part is also in Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon; see also a scholion on Plato, Laws 7.800C (where the accusative of the headword occurs). See also omicron 730, omicron 731.
[3] Polybius fr. 187 Büttner-Wobst. Büttner-Wobst notes (539) that Valesius (Henri de Valois 1603-1676) attributed this fragment to Polybius. Without further context, both the identity of the subject and of the particular Ptolemy that inspired him are uncertain.
Reference:
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 May 2010@01:38:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 22 May 2010@09:12:02.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 22 May 2010@09:13:15.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 23 May 2010@04:44:31.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 30 July 2013@06:21:38.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 26 December 2014@01:37:48.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography) on 20 December 2018@16:40:42.
Ronald Allen (my poor grammar n.3) on 20 December 2018@16:52:43.

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