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Headword: Οὐρανία αἴξ
Adler number: omicron,934
Translated headword: heavenly goat
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Those praying to her were altogether successful; perhaps because the moon rides upon her. Cratinus in Cheirones [writes]: 'goat heavenly'.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] 'heavenly rearing'.[2] Also 'the heavenly powers'.[3]
Greek Original:
Οὐρανία αἴξ: ᾗ οἱ εὐχόμενοι πάντως ἐπετύγχανον: ἴσως διὰ τὸ τὴν σελήνην αὐτῇ ἐποχεῖσθαι. Κρατῖνος Χείρωσιν: αἲξ οὐρανία. καὶ Οὐρανία τροφή. καὶ τὰς οὐρανίας δυνάμεις.
Notes:
Same entry in Photius, Lexicon omicron674 Theodoridis (taken to come from Aelius Dionysius); and cf. Hesychius omicron1833.
The proverbial headword phrase is found more than once in Attic comedy 'as a source of mysterious and suspected wealth, in allusion to the horn of Amalthea [alpha 1478]' (LSJ s.v. aix).
[1] Cratinus fr. 261 K.-A. (244 Kock); cf. alphaiota 237.
[2] Adler suggests attributing this phrase to Symeon Metaphrastes; be that as it may, it is also attested (in the dative case) in Gregory of Nyssa, In Basilium fratrem 21.
[3] This phrase in the accusative plural is attested in several Christian writers, e.g. Eusebius' Commentary on the Psalms.
Keywords: Christianity; comedy; daily life; economics; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Bobbiejo Winfrey on 5 April 2003@07:41:09.
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Catharine Roth (modified translation, added notes and keywords) on 5 April 2003@23:50:52.
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