Olympus Ὄλυμπος
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I. Name

Mount Olympus is the holy, mostly snow-capped mountain of the ancient Greeks, lying on the borders of Thessaly and Macedonia. It was considered the dwelling place of the third generation of the gods, who are for that reason called ‘the Olympians’. The name occurs in 2 Macc. 6.2 in ‘Zeus Olympius’, and in Rom. 16.15 in the personal name ὈλυμπᾶϚ, with the textual variants Ὀλυμπίδα (F,G), and ‘Olympiadem’ (Latin versions). All three are hypocoristics, respectively in -ᾶς (masculine) and -ίς, …

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G. Mussies, “Olympus Ὄλυμπος”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 23 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Olympus>

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