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Plato, Cratylus, section 396a (search)
for the name of Zeus is exactly like a sentence; we divide it into two parts, and some of us use one part, others the other; for some call him Zena (*zh=na), and others Dia (*di/a); but the two in combination express the nature of the god, which is just what we said a name should be able to do. For certainly no one is so much the author of life (zh=n) for us and all others as the ruler and king of all.
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),