Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Divine and Human Words

Diogenes Laertius 1.119 (Pherecydes, tr. R.D. Hicks):
He maintained that the divine name for "table" is θυωρός, or that which takes care of offerings.

ἔλεγέ τε ὅτι οἱ θεοὶ τὴν τράπεζαν θυωρὸν καλοῦσιν.
Cf. those passages from the Iliad in which a distinction is made between divine and human words for the same things.

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