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Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993
From: "Gary R. Brower"
Subject: Priests of Diana

I am currently working on a dissertation on eunuchs in the ancient world in general, and in early Christianity in particular. I have done a _lot_ of research already, but every so often I come across a reference to the priests of Diana of Ephesus being eunuchs. These references are always in secondary literature from a period where documentation was not very helpful. Does anyone know where I might find some primary material on these folks, since in all the work I have ever seen on Ephesian Diana this "fact" has never been brought up.

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993
From: IGGY
Subject: Eunuchs at Ephesus

Is there anything on this subject in M.Sartre's _L'Orient Romain_, who has a final chapter on religion, and a long bibliography? (sorry, don't have access to this myself at present).

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993
From: "R. Wallace"
Subject: Re: Priests of Diana

There is a reference to Eunuch priests of Artemis at Ephesus in Strabo, Geography, Book 14, 1.23 (or pages 228-9 in vol 6 of the Loeb edition.

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993 12
From: David Sider
Subject: eunuchs

Mary Beard of Cambridge U. has been working on this subject recently, and should have the information wanted. (She gave a vivid lecture in NY last year on the difficulties of trouble-free castration.)

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993
From: David Meadows
Subject: Re: Priests of Diana

In the handful of books I have at hand, Burkert's *Greek Religion* has a little blurb on the eunuch priests of Artemis of Ephesus on p. 97. In a footnote to this section he refers to Strabo 14.641 as a reference for the megabyzos of the cult and the consecrated `maidens'; a reference is also made to Pausanias 8.13.1, where a lacuna seems to have mentioned their lack of the standard male equipment (I judge this from the penguin version which reads thus `...a priestess as well as a priest' (this is at the so-called Sanctuary of the Singing Artemis in Orchomenos. Burkert has a brief section as well devoted to Artemis, with plenty of references to dusty German tomes ... the RE article is probably worth checking, if nothing else.

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1993
From: "C.G. BROWN"
Subject: Re: Priests of Diana

It seems to me that there is a piece on eunuchs and religion in A. D. Nock, *Essays on Religion and the Ancient World* ed. Z. Stewart (Oxford 1972). I *think* that it is the first piece in vol. I, but the books are in my office and so I am not sure. Nock seemed to know most things worth knowing about most things.

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1993
From: "Gary R. Brower"
Subject: "Corinthian eunuch"

In the Hippocratic work _De morbis popularibus_, the physician is discussing the problems of runny/stuffy noses and inflamed intestines. (He prescribes pepper as a cure, by the way.) Anyway, he gives a couple of examples of these kinds of problems: one has to do with the "intestines of Hegessipus running throughout (?) the night [ex nukta]". The other is a little more obscure (at least to me): to de pachu tw en Korinthw eunouchw (pardon my transliteration). Does anyone have any idea who the "Corinthian eunuch" might be? The citation is _De morbis popularibus_ Bk 4.40 in Littre's _Oeuvres completes d' Hippocrate_ tome 5. Thanks for any help you can give.

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1993
From: Wesley Smith
Subject: Re: "Corinthian eunuch"

Wesley Smith replies: Would you believe that there is no Corinthian eunuch? My text and translation of the Epidemics for the Loeb Classical Library is in press finally, so they claim. This chapter of Epid. 4 reads 4.40. Things inserted into the nose of fever patients: there is a thick flow from the nostril when the pain is relieved. If the pain and fever are not relieved, it flows thin and perhaps fiery, like the thin flow from Hegesippus for whom it was inserted towards night, and the thick one for the eunuch-like son of Skelebreus in Corinth. Pepper was the substance. My text is different from Littre's. Instead of Littre's twi en Korinqwi eunouxwi; ei dei, to skaleuein, I read, with the manuscripts, "twi (V has twn) en Korinqwi eunouxoeidei twi Skelebreos." for skelebreos HIR read keleureos. But the text I give is sound, I think, and fits the style of Epid. 4 which continually compares symptoms, treatments, etc. However, the notion of eunuch does seem to appear in Epid. 7, among the mish-mash of things that were apparently stuck onto the end of the text: 7.122. The water-carrier by the spring of Elealceus became a eunuch from hunting and running. The boy of about six years had hippouris, and glandular swelling in the groin on the same side, and kedmata. The one with life-long consumption died in the seventh year. For people producing unconcocted pus, give salt water and honey. Unrestrained lechery is a cure for dysentery. So, please tell me where the spring of Elealceus is, if this text is sound.

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1993
From: Steve Gustafson
Subject: "Corinthian eunuch"

More to the point, how do I go about catching dysentery? --- . OLX 2.2 . Fera res, facis cor meum canere; facis omnia striosa.
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