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μυστήρι-ον , τό, (μύστης, μυέω)
A.mystery or secret rite: mostly in pl., τὰ μ. the mysteries, first in Heraclit.14, cf. Hdt.2.51 (of the mysteries of the Cabiri in Samothrace), etc.; esp. those of Demeter at Eleusis, A.Fr.479, S. Fr.804, E.Supp.173, Ar.Ra.887, etc.; μυστηρίοις τοῖς μείζοσιν, τοῖς ὀλείζοσιν μ., IG12.6.93,96; but usu., τὰ μεγάλα, τὰ μικρὰ μ., Sch.Ar. Pl.846, cf. IG12.313.144, 22.1672.4, Pl.Grg.497c, etc.; “πρὸ τῶν μεγάλων μ. τὰ μικρὰ παραδοτέονIamb.Protr.2; ἀπιέναι πρὸ τῶν μ., i.e. before you have reached the heart of the matter, Pl.Men.76e; τὰ τῆς θεοῦ (sc. Μεγάλης Μητρὸς)“ μ.OGI540.21 (Pessinus, i A.D.); “οἱ θεοὶ οἷς τὰ μ. ἐπιτελεῖταιIG5(1).1390.2 (Andania, i B.C.); “τὰ μ. ποιεῖνAnd.1.11, Lys.14.42, cf. Th.6.28 (Pass.); μ. ἐρεῖν And.l.c.: later in sg., PMag.Leid.W.3.42 (ii/iii A.D.).
2. mystic implements and ornaments, “σεμνὰ στεμμάτων μυστήριαE.Supp.470; esp. properties, such as were carried to Eleusis at the celebration of the mysteries, ὄνος ἄγω μυστήρια, prov. of an over-loaded beast, Ar.Ra. 159.
b. later, object used in magical rites, talisman, “δότε πνεῦμα τῷ ὑπ᾽ ἐμοῦ κατεσκευασμένῳ μ.PMag.Leid.V.10.19 (iii/iv A.D.).
3. metaph., “ὕπνος, τὰ μικρὰ τοῦ θανάτου μ.Mnesim.11; τῆς Ῥωμαίων ἀρχῆς σεμνὸν μ., of the military sacramentum, Hdn.8.7.4: generally, mystery, secret, Pl.Tht.156a; “μυστήριόν σου μὴ κατείπῃς τῷ φίλῳMen.695, cf. LXX Si.27.16, To.12.7; προσήγγειλε τὰ μ. τοῖς πολεμίοις ib.2 Ma.13.21; “μυστήρια βίουSor.1.3; τοὐμὸν τὸ μ. [the remedy] is my secret, Aret.CD2.7: hence, of a medicine, Gal.13.96, Alex.Trall. 5.4.
5. σύνηθές τι μ. some vulgar superstition, Sor.1.4.
II. Dionysius the tyrant called mouse-holes μυστήρια μῦς, τηρεῖν), Ath.3.98d.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (26):
    • Andocides, On the Mysteries, 11
    • Aristophanes, Frogs, 159
    • Aristophanes, Frogs, 887
    • Aristophanes, Plutus, 846
    • Euripides, Suppliants, 173
    • Euripides, Suppliants, 470
    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.51
    • Flavius Josephus, The Jewish War, 1.24.1
    • Lysias, Against Alcibiades 1, 42
    • New Testament, Matthew, 13.11
    • New Testament, Revelation, 17.7
    • New Testament, Revelation, 1.20
    • New Testament, Colossians, 1.26
    • New Testament, Ephesians, 3.9
    • New Testament, Ephesians, 6.19
    • New Testament, 1 Corinthians, 14.2
    • Plato, Theaetetus, 156a
    • Plato, Gorgias, 497c
    • Plato, Meno, 76e
    • Thucydides, Histories, 6.28
    • Sophocles, Ichneutae, 804
    • Aretaeus, De curatione diuturnorum morborum libri duo, 2.7
    • Old Testament, 2 Maccabees, 13.21
    • New Testament, 2 Thessalonians, 2.7
    • Old Testament, Ecclesiasticus, 27.16
    • Old Testament, Tobit, 12.7
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