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RraCFYJS' yijS' {1aatA£VU£tS' (1087): "how you develop into an eagle and may rule all earth. " back within the Birds a chresmologue involves Cloudcuckootown with oracles of Bakis (962, 970), between which happens the clause, alt:TOS' ev CHRBSMOLOGUBS AND ORACLE COLLECTIONS ISI vecpe>.. nat yeVI}aeat (978}: "you turns into an eagle in clouds. " those are admittedly mock oracles of Aristophanes' invention, yet he essentially didn't invent this word: he knew it as a part of a apparently Bakid oracle that circulated between Athenians within the later 5th century. Nowhere is Q180 firmly hooked up to Delphi. Zenobios, quoting basically the proverbial word, calls it a chrlsmos. the closest to Delphic attribution happens in Aristeides' connection with it, whilst he says that "the god" (ho theos) has referred to as Athens an eagle in clouds compared to different towns. 6 this is often the second one of 2 oracles in honor of Athens that Aristeides cites as pronouncements of the city's exlgltes patroos, "ancestral exegete," whom he previous (n2) outlined as Apollon Pythios. Sq for Aristeides the god who known as Athens an eagle in clouds is clearly Apollo; yet he would possibly not suggest exactly the Apollo of Delphi, on account that by way of" ancestral exegete" he could suggest not more than Apollo as prophetic god, who encouraged Bakis, the Sibyl, and all seers who spoke in his identify. The word most likely went into proverbial utilization from the oracular culture. it seems that, somewhat altered to aleros £v vecpeeaat, in an oracle which Plutarch (Dem. 19. 1) attributes to the Sibyl. actually, eagles and lions are favourite symbols of oracular literature, as in Q6o, Aleros- £v 1TETPTJUt KVEt retet eight€ >.. Eovra; the place .. eagle on rocks, seems to be a wakeful alteration of" eagle in clouds. " The verses of QI80 convey one other favourite beginning of conventional oracles (by which I suggest oracles present in oracle collections and renowned narratives, or that floated in well known culture, nameless or attributed to Apollo or to a well-known seer; in brief, all oracles by no means really spoken at an oracular seat), specifically the hailing of anyone or humans or urban as blessed, eudaimon or olbios within the right shape. Q229 simply Ovid attributes to Delphi the oracle that summoned the cult of Aesculapius to Rome in 293 B. C. , whilst a virulent disease gripped town. this can be certainly a fake ascription. Livy says that the Romans consulted the Sibylline Books, which recommended them to convey Aesculapius to Rome from Epidauros. Valerius Maximus confirms Livy and experiences what's most likely the entire content material of the oracle, that until this could be performed, the Romans couldn't recuperate their former fit situation. Ovid stories 6 See Parke 1956: 185 and PW 121, p. fifty four, whose argument is that Aristeides' context, "if it may be trusted," proves this to be a real Delphic oracle and never from a set attributed to Bakis. Aristeides' attribution, whether it is Delphic, can't be relied on, considering that he authorised uncritically the normal attributions of oracles that he cites. 152 CHRBSMOLOGUBS AND ORACLB COLLECTIONS the Delphic reaction in Latin verses, during which the Romans have been instructed to head directly to Epidauros and summon Apollo's son, simply because that they had want of him instead of of Apollo for his or her woes.

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