Suda On Line menu Search

Search results for zeta,39 in Adler number:
Greek display:    

Headword: Zeus
Adler number: zeta,39
Translated headword: Zeus
Vetting Status: high
His statue they describe as seated, being naked above, but clothed below; wielding in his left hand a scepter, in his right an eagle [sc. with wings] spread out. And it is hinted that being seated [represents] the seat of power, and the upper nakedness [shows] that [he is] manifest in the spiritual and heavenly parts of the cosmos. But the rest is covered because the god is unknown in the lowly [parts]. Having the scepter in his left hand signifies power; the extended eagle in the other [hand] shows that he controls the airborne breezes, just as the eagle does the high[-flying] birds.[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "Zeus looked long into the parchments"; in reference to those who are being repaid for what they do, good or bad. [It arose] because they say nothing is coincidental, but Zeus records everything on certain parchments and, at some time, follows it up.[2]
Greek Original:
Zeus: toutou to agalma historousi kathêmenon, gumna echon ta anô, ta de katô eskepasmena, kratoun têi men euônumôi skêptron, têi dexiai de aeton proteinon. kai to men kathêsthai to hedraion tês dunameôs ainittetai, to de ta anô gumna echein, hoti phaneros tois noerois kai tois ouraniois tou kosmou meresin. ta de loipa skepetai, dioti tois chamaizêlois ho theos agnôstos. to de têi laiai skêptron katechein, sêmainei to exousiastikon: to de têi heterai proteinein aeton dêloi, hôs tôn aerophorôn pneumatôn kratei, hôs ho aetos tôn metarsiôn orneôn. kai paroimia: ho Zeus kateide chronios eis tas diphtheras: epi tôn pote ameibomenôn huper hôn prattousi kalôn ê kakôn. hoti ouk apronoêta phasi ta panta, alla ton Dia eis diphtheras tinas apographesthai kai pote epexienai.
[1] ps.-Codinus, Patria Constantinopoleos 2.8 (Preger, Scriptores originum Constantinpolitarum 154.8-17); cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 1.175 (where Zeus is mentioned). The description is evidently that of "the most highly venerated statue in the ancient world" (Pollitt [below] 58): the chryselephantine Zeus of Pheidias, made for Olympia in the 430s BCE, which became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. See generally Pollitt (below) 58-62, with artist's impression at fig.3.
[2] Comica adespota fr. 545 Kock, now 921 K.-A.; Zenobius 4.11 and other paroemiographers; and cf. alpha 4076. See generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.601.
J.J. Pollitt, The Art of Ancient Greece: sources and documents (Cambridge 1990)
Keywords: art history; clothing; comedy; daily life; epic; ethics; imagery; mythology; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 November 2000@15:51:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation, note, keywords; added bibliography) on 20 November 2000@06:28:49.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 21 March 2011@03:42:48.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 15 August 2012@08:06:40.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 29 November 2012@04:45:43.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 29 December 2014@03:18:13.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; coding) on 24 March 2016@05:57:29.


Test Database Real Database

(Try these tips for more productive searches.)

No. of records found: 1    Page 1

End of search