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Headword: Θεσπιῳδεῖ
Adler number: theta,281
Translated headword: sings oracles
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] prophesies. Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "[Loxias,] who sings oracles from a tripod of beaten gold."[1] The word has been derived from the [verb] θεοπεδωδεῖν ['to attend a god'],[2] or from the fact that Themis leads the prophecies there. It was tragic in diction. And the Pythia prophesies sitting on a tripod. The part in which she sits was called a 'hollow seat'.[3]
Greek Original:
Θεσπιῳδεῖ: χρησμολογεῖ. Ἀριστοφάνης Πλούτῳ: ὃς θεσπιῳδεῖ τρίποδος ἐκ χρυσηλάτου. ἠτυμολόγηται δὲ ἡ λέξις παρὰ τὸ θεοπεδωδεῖν, ἢ παρὰ τὸ τὴν Θέμιν ἐκεῖ τὰς μαντείας ἄγειν. ἐτραγικεύσατο δὲ τῇ φράσει. ἡ δὲ Πυθία ἐπὶ τρίποδος καθημένη ἐχρησμῴδει. ἐκαλεῖτο δὲ τὸ μέρος ἐν ᾧ ἐκάθητο ὅλμος.
The headword is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 9, with comment partly drawn from the scholia there (but see next note).
[2] This material is not in the scholia; and no such verb is elsewhere attested.
[3] ὅλμος : LSJ entry at web address 1. See also epsilon 1387, omicron 181.
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Nicholas Wilshere on 14 April 2003@17:31:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 April 2003@05:04:36.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 14 May 2007@00:51:19.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaking) on 2 January 2013@04:34:54.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note 2) on 22 November 2018@22:58:46.


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