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Headword: Ὑγεία
Adler number: upsilon,22
Translated headword: health
Vetting Status: high
Those taking omens were accustomed to say, in answer to the question "Who is the one seeking [the omen]?," the name [of some god] or health[1] or suchlike. "And the hoopoe said: 'who are those seeking [me]?' And they[2] said: 'the twelve gods seem to have used you ill'."
Greek Original:
Ὑγεία: οἰωνιζόμενοι εἰώθασι λέγειν πρὸς τό, τὶς ὁ ζητῶν, ὄνομα ἢ ὑγείαν ἤ τι τοιοῦτον. καὶ ὁ ἔποψ ἔφη: τίνες οἱ ζητοῦντες. οἱ δὲ ἔφασαν, οἱ δώδεκα θεοὶ εἴξασιν ἐπιτρῖψαί σε.
Aristophanes, Birds 96-97 (web address 1), with material from the scholia there.
[1] Perhaps related to the so-called τὸ οἰώνισμα τὸ τῆς Ὑγιείας (see Cassius Dio 37.24).
[2] Pisetaerus, rather.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; medicine; religion
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 29 December 2008@16:09:51.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 30 December 2008@05:12:14.
Catharine Roth (typos) on 31 December 2008@12:35:17.
Catharine Roth (tweaks, status) on 24 January 2011@21:35:18.
David Whitehead on 14 November 2013@07:57:23.


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