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τᾶς ὠγυγίους: a specially fit epithet, since the mythical “Ὠγύγης” was represented (in one legend at least) as son of Boeotus, and first ruler of Thebes (Paus. 9.5.1). Another legend connected him with Attica (Paus. 1.38.7). The trait common to the two legends is a great inundation which happened in his reign. The adj. is applied by Aesch. to Thebes ( Th. 321πόλιν ὠγυγίαν”, Pers. 37τάς τ᾽ ὠγυγίους Θήβας”), and also to Athens (Pers. 974). The Attic poets used it in the general sense of “"very ancient,"” as Phil. 142κράτος ὠγύγιον”, "royalty inherited from of old."

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