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(ἀνάθημα; anáthēma), ‘what is set up (for the deity)’ as a decorative object, in the profane sense Hom. Od. 1,152 (ἀναθήματα δαιτός, anathḗmata daitós); then specifically a religious ‘votive gift’, which becomes the property of the deity and thus itself becomes a ἱερόν (hierón) (Hdt. 1,14; 92; 183; Soph. Ant. 286; Plut. Pelopidas 291b [1]). The term (spelt ἀνάθεμα in Hellenistic times) also has this meaning in the Septuagint (2 Macc 2,13; 9,16; Jdt 16,19) as well as in Lk 21,5. Otherwise anathema is almost always used by the Septuagint as a translation of Hebrew Horma (Num …

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Versnel, Hendrik S. (Warmond), “Anathema”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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