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Zeus

2. The Dodonaean Zeus (Ζεὺς Δωδωναῖος or Πελασγικός) possessed the most ancient oracle in Greece, at Dodona in Epeirus, near mount Tomarus (Tmarus or Tomurus), from which he derived his name. (Hom. Il. 2.750, 16.233; Hdt. 2.52 ; Paus. 1.17.5; Strab. v. p.338, vi. p. 504; Verg. Ecl. 8.44.) At Dodona Zeus was mainly a prophetic god, and the oaktree was sacred to him ; but there too he was said to have been reared by if the Dodonaean nymphs (Hyades; Schol. ad Hom. Il. 18.486; Hygin. Fab. 182 ; Ov. Fast. 6.711, Met. 3.314). Respecting the Dodonaean oracle of Zeus, see Dict. of Ant. s. v. Oraculnm.

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