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 Anastasia (St.).Anat’omy. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A denunciation or curse. The word is Greek, and means to place, or set up, in allusion to the mythological custom of hanging in the temple of a patron god something devoted to him. Thus Gordius hung up his yoke and beam; the shipwrecked hung up their wet clothes; workmen retired from business hung up their tools, etc. Hence anything set apart for destruction; and so, set apart from the Church as under a curse.   1
“Me tabula sacer
Votiva paries indicat uvida
Suspendisse potenti
Vestimenta maris deo.”
Horace: Odes (v. 13–16).
   Horace, having escaped the love-snares of Pyrrha, hangs up his votive tablet, as one who has escaped the dangers of the sea.   2

 Anastasia (St.).Anat’omy. 


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