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θᾶκον. Paus. (9. 16. 1) saw at Thebes, near the temple of Zeus Ammon, “οἰωνοσκοπεῖον...Τειρεσίου καλούμενον”. Near it was a shrine of “Τύχη.

λιμήν, a place to which the birds came: schol. “ὅρμος καὶ ἕδρα, ὅπου πάντα τὰ ὄρνεα προσέρχονται”. Cp. Eur. Or. 1077καὶ δῶμα πατρὸς καὶ μέγας πλούτου λιμήν” (‘receptacle’): Aesch. applied the same phrase to Persia ( Aesch. Pers. 250). Omens were taken, not only from the flight of birds, but also from the positions in which they settled,—from their sounds, —and from their mode of feeding. The “λιμήν” means a place to which they were lured by food, so that their “συνεδρίαι” (Aesch. PV 492), and the other signs, could be noted. Cp. H. A. 9. 1 “ὅθεν καὶ τὰς διεδρίας καὶ τὰς συνεδρίας οἱ μάντεις λαμβάνουσι, δίεδρα μὲν τὰ πολέμια τιθέντες, σύνεδρα δὲ τὰ εἰρηνοῦντα πρὸς ἄλληλα”.—Herwerden conjectures “οὐρανοῦ λιμήν”, understanding a space of sky chosen as a field of augural observation (templum).

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    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 492
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