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The word βούβρωστις is problematic. In Horn., Il. 24, 532 it meant a goddess "who devours the cattle". The starting point of this concept is the idea that cattle might be stolen at any time, and the owner, not understanding it, interprets the disappearance as a malign act of such a goddess. As the result of a complex development, the word βούβρωστις has later taken on the meaning of "ravenous hunger".

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The background-color blue on the Bull-Leaping-Fresco (as well as on the Sarcophagus from Hagia Triada) stands for the night-time. At a clear full-moon-night or during dawn and during dusk the action of leaping is very difficult, but certainly possible, especially in the mind of the painter.

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In the Greek myth there is the story of Zeus himself swearing a false oath in order to deny his sexual intercourse with Io. Therefore the gods did not punish perjury in erotics (in love-matters). - The present paper tries to explore the background and motives underlying this opinion.

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The form of the text of the verse 1424 does not seem to be the original. But by adding a single letter (ωσθ' instead of ως) the verse will fit into the context of this scene in the Euripidean Ion.

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Authors: Walter Pötscher and Judit Horváth
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