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Plato, Cratylus, section 396b (search)
Thus this god is correctly named, through whom (di' o(/n) all living beings have the gift of life (zh=n). But, as I say, the name is divided, though it is one name, into the two parts, Dia and Zena. And it might seem, at first hearing, highly irreverent to call him the son of Cronus and reasonable to say that Zeus is the offspring of some great intellect; and so he is, for ko/ros (for *kro/nos) signifies not child, but the purity (kaqaro/n) and unblemished nature of his mind. And Cronus, according to tradition, is the son of Uranus; but the upward gaze is rightly called by the name urania (ou)rani/a),
Plato, Cratylus, section 396c (search)
looking at the things above (o(rw= ta\ a)/nw), and the astronomers say, Hermogenes, that from this looking people acquire a pure mind, and Uranus is correctly named. If I remembered the genealogy of Hesiod and the still earlier ancestors of the gods he mentions, I would have gone on examining the correctness of their names until I had made a complete trial whether this wisdom which has suddenly come to me, I know not whence,