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θέμις 1 ΘΕ, Root of τίθημι

I.that which is laid down or established by custom, Lat. jus or fas, as opp. to lex, θέμις ἐστί 'tis meet and right, Lat. fas est, Hom.; θέμις ἐστί as 'tis right, as the custom is, id=Hom.; θέμις ἐστὶ γυναικός as is a woman's custom, Od.; so in attic, τι θέμις αἰνεῖν what it is right to praise, Aesch., etc.:—also indeclin., θέμις being used as acc., φασὶ θέμις εἶναι Plat., etc.
2.= δίκη, right, law, Aesch., Soph. θέμιστες, the decrees of the Gods, oracles, Διὸς θέμιστες Od.; θέμισσιν by oracles, Pind.
2.rights of the chief, prerogatives, σκῆπτρόν τ᾽ ἠδὲ θέμιστες Il.
3.laws or ordinances, οἵτε θέμιστας εἰρύαται who maintain the laws, id=Il. to be decided by the kings or judges, οἳ σκολιὰς κρίνωσι θέμιστας id=Il. prop. n., gen. Θέμιστος, Θέμιδος, Θέμιτος, voc. Θέμι, Themis, goddess of law and order, id=Il.

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