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Kataibates
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(Καταιβάτης/Kataibátēs, ‘he who descends’). Epiclesis of Zeus and of Hermes. For Zeus the epiclesis is epigraphically documented numerous times and is applied to the god who manifests himself through the lightning strike (‘who [in lightning] descends’). The piece of ground hit by lightning (enēlýsion, Poll. 9, cf. the Roman fulmen condere) cannot be walked on (ábaton), is consecrated to Zeus and is marked by a monument or an altar. The fact that the Athenians consecrated the location where Demetrius [2] Poliorcetes dismounted from his…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Kataibates”, 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 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e610480>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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