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Title: πρεσβύτερος Ἰαπετοῦ → older than Iapetus, ante-preadamite, antediluvian
Post by: spiros on 12 May, 2021, 16:08:19
πρεσβύτερος Ἰαπετοῦ → older than Iapetus, ante-preadamite, antediluvian

Κρόνου καὶ Ἰαπετοῦ ἀρχαιότερός. A proverbial expression to denote the “ne plus ultra” of antiquity: cp. Moeris p. 200 Ἰαπετός: ἀντὶ τοῦ γέρων. καὶ Τίθωνος καὶ Κρόνος: ἐπὶ τῶν γερόντων: Lucian dial. deor. 2. 1; Ar. Nub. 398, Plut. 581. Cronus and Iapetus were both Titans, sons of Uranus and Gê (Hes. Th. 507), and imprisoned together in Tartarus (Il. VIII. 479). Iapetus was father of Prometheus, and grandfather of Deucalion, the Greek “Adam”: hence “older than Iapetus” might be rendered “ante-preadamite.”
R. G. Bury,  The Symposium of Plato, section 195B (https://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0090%3Atext%3Dcomm%3Asection%3D195B)