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15:27 Aug 4, 2010
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Latin to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - History
Latin term or phrase: idolomaniae
I do not understand Latin. The following quote is by Athanasius Kircher, I am translating from a German translation of the original. The German translation has "Bildermanie". Would idolatry be safe or is there a better translation? Thank you very much.

Atque hic est celebris ac famosus ille Bactrianorum Rex Zoroastres nomine, Magiae & omnis superstitionis primus Author & inventor, primus Aegyptiorum Saturnus & Osiris, Persarum Oromasdes, Coeli filius, à quo Aegypto posterae χhμíας nomen mansit, totius Aegyptiacae *idolomaniae* radix & fundamentum
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4 +3idolomania
Jim Tucker

Discussion entries: 2



1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3

This is even stronger and more disparaging than idolatry: idolomania is when you start worshipping cats and dogs and crocodiles.

Note added at 1 hr (2010-08-04 16:51:42 GMT)

Even Juvenal makes fun of the idolomania of the Egyptians.

Jim Tucker
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Native speaker of: English
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Notes to answerer
Asker: thank you - but idolomania is rare enough in English that I feel safer using idolatry

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  liz askew: a worrying phenomenon:) http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&lr=lang_en&as_qdr=all&t...
23 mins

agree  Era György: idolatry
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agree  Sandra Mouton
1 day 11 mins
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