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Headword: Οἰωνοί
Adler number: omicroniota,167
Translated headword: birds of prey, omens
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] carrion-eating birds; or signs.[1]
They used to call all [omens] οἰωνοί , including those which were not birds. "Attendant bird." Aristophanes [says this]. Since we are often accustomed to call some of the attendants lovely-footed and good-omened, "considering whatever interprets a prophecy to be a bird."[2]
Greek Original:
Οἰωνοί: σαρκοφάγα ὄρνεα: ἢ σύμβολα. πάντα δὲ οἰωνοὺς ἐκάλουν, καὶ τὰ μὴ ὄρνεα. θεράποντ' ὄρνιν. Ἀριστοφάνης. ἐπεὶ πολλάκις εἰώθαμεν λέγειν τινὰς τῶν θεραπόντων καλόποδας καὶ καλλοιωνίστους. ὄρνιν νομίζοντες πάνθ' ὅσαπερ περὶ μαντείας διακρίνει.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica (references at Photius omicron171 Theodoridis) and cf. a scholion on Homer, Iliad 1.5 (web address 1).
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 719 and ('attendant bird') 721 (web address 2), with scholion to the latter; cf. omicron 378, omicron 615.
Associated internet addresses:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; epic; food; imagery; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 15 June 2005@01:37:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 June 2005@02:43:13.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2013@04:38:03.


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