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us, that Cyrus the Great had his nárne from the same luminary-- Κυρον γαρ καλειν τας Ilegoaç tov 'Havor: for the Persians call the sun, Curus or. Cyrus. * Ctesias mentions the same of Ochus, named also Cyrus: Tibetan To ovoga AUT8 ATO 78 'Hai8 Kugov. He had his name from the
sun, and was from hence called Cyrus.
An Emblem of Prophetic Influence.
It is to be observed, that most aquatic animals in Egypt were sacred and emblematical : and all inspiration of old was supposed to arise from fountains and streams. Hence in Greece likewise the waters of Pimplea, Helicon, Aganippe, Permessis, &c. were supposed to be gifted with a power of inspiration. The Muses, whose original history came from Hermopolis, and other places, in Egypt, were esteemed Prophetic deities, and denominated from water.--- Καλενται δε Μουσαι απο της μώσεως.
The Muses are denominated from (an Egyptian word) Mos. Phurnutus, from whom
The word in Pausanius is expressed Kippa, 1. 10. p. 893. like op of the Arabians.
In Artaxerxe, p. 1012.
Apud Ctesiæ Excerpta. See Herod. Wesseling. p. 821. 3 Phornutus de Nat. Deorum, 14. p. 157.
we learn this, would interpret the word ' ira quiry, and investigation : but it manifestly sign.fed water. Το γαρ υδωρ μως ονομαζεσιν Αιγυπ
The Egyptians, says · Philo, call the element of water Mos. When Pharaoh's daughter gave name to Moses, she said it was, because I drew him out of the 'water. It is sometimes expressed * Mo: and is still to be found in the Coptic version of the Bible.
As frogs were of the aquatic tribe in Egypt, and sacred to Osiris Helius: and as they were engraved upon the basis of Apollo's statue at Delphi, the seat of prophecy; I am led to think, that they were originally characteristics of the
-476 MAJEWS, ó 55! EntnTiw5. ibid. The Muses were supposed to have been water nymphs: and fountains were sacred to them.
2 Vol. 2. p. 83. :3 Exodus ii. 10.
* Josephus 'expresses it Mou, pww. cont. Ap. 1. 1. Clemens does the same-το γαρ υδωρ φιων ονομαζεσιν Αιγυπτιού. Strom. 1. 1. p. 412.
Scaliger says, that the name of Moses was from twn, extraxit : and he may be right. But Mos, and Mou, still was the Egyptian term, by which water was signified : as we may be assured from the present Coptic; and from the testimony of the writers above : and hwn, Mosah was probably to draw out of water.
* See Coptic Lexicon by Woide, p. 57.
priests, and prophets of Egypt: and that they were sacred to the Nymphs and Muses. Hence an anonymous writer in a Greek epigram stiles the frog---των Νυμφων θεραποντα, an attendant upon ihe deities of streams, and fountains.
Esteemed sacred from its Inflation.
Another reason may be given for the frog being an emblem of Apollo, and Osiris; also of priests and prophets in general. All inspiration was supposed to be an inflation of the deity. Hence it was stiled survevois : and an inspired person curvevotos, both from zvew and TVEUP ; by the latter of which is signified breath and spirit. For all those, who were possessed by the prophetic divinity, are represented as swollen and enlarged, and as it were bursting through the overpowering inflation. Hence' Virgil says of the Sibil at Cumæ
-subito non vultus, non color unus,
Jam propiore dei.
! Æn. l. vi. v. 46.
by 'inflation : and hence it probably became a representative of the god of inspiration, and of all those, who were divino spiritu afflati, et deo pleni. For as the Egyptians, borrowed their emblems from moles, beetles, flies, and the most contemptible reptiles, if they found in them any analogy with the object, which they wanted to express ; so it is probable, that they adopted the frog for the purpose mentioned above.. Upon this account this animal was depicted upon the lotos to denote the preservation of Osiris, the prophetic god, when he was in danger from the waters. And it was found, as we have seen, upon the basis of Apollo's statue at the seat of prophetic knowledge, Delphi: where was the principal oracle of that supposed divinity in Greece. Above all things, these animals were particularly natives of those sacred streams, from whence inspiration was supposed to proceed,
Other Reasons for this Animal being a sacred
This inference seems to be warranted by the author of the Apocalypse, who continu
Hence the name given by Homer-Averyvedos. Batracorn.
ally alludes to symbolical characters, which prevailed of old. In the 16th chapter, ver. 13. speaking of illusions, with which the world was to be affected, he says, that he saw three unclean spirits, like frogs, come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast; and out of the mouth of the false prophet: and he adds—they are the spirits of devils, working miracles. From hence I should be farther induced to think, that these animals were of old types of magicians, priests, and prophets ; particularly those of Egypt. If this be true, the miracle, which Moses at this time exhibited, was attended with a wonderful propriety in respect to Pharaoh and his wise men: and at the same time afforded a just punishment upon the whole of that infatuated people, quibus res eo pervenit, ut et ranæ et culices et formicæ dii esse' viderentur.
There is another circumstance, for which I should imagine that the frog was in some degree esteemed a sacred emblem in the east. The ancients in all countries seem to have shewn their gratitude to the deity for any
be nefit, by reverencing the animal, or the vegetable, through which the blessing either ac
See Lactantius de Orig. Erroris, l. 2. c. 6. p. 135.