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Hello! I'm currently reading children's books in Greek and pulling out any word I don't know already and creating a slide for it in Memrise.

So, I've come across the above word and I'm stumped. I know it's got something to do with thunder. It's been used in reference to Δίας. It's not in my Oxford or any online dictionaries and the only other reference I can find to it is in the Iliad (and my Greek certainly isn't good enough to work out the exact meaning from that).

Would someone be able to provide a definition/explanation? Thanks in advance for any help.

December 22, 2016



    Hello! This is definitely a word that the writer made up, not one that is used in normal, formal or informal situations, so you wouldn't find it in a dictionary.

    Βροντή = thunder, ρήχτης (not ρίχτης?) from ρίχνω = to throw. So, Δίας ο βροντορήχτης = Zeus the thunder thrower!

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    Thank you so much D! Yes, that's exactly how it's written. Well, it's actually written as 'Βροντορήχτη Δία', but I guess that's in vocative, as Prometheus is addressing Zeus directly.

    There are a few contractions and compound words in the text, but I managed to work out all of them, apart from this one. Hugely appreciated.

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