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Headword: Tettarôn obolôn
Adler number: tau,368
Translated headword: worth four obols
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to things worthy of high status.[1]
'You consider this free speech of yours to be worth four obols, as the proverb has it, but you are unaware that even Thersites exercised free speech amongst the Greeks -- though Agamemnon was less bothered by his drunken antics than a tortoise is, in the story, by flies'.[2]
Greek Original:
Tettarôn obolôn: epi tôn pollês timês axiôn. tên parrêsian tên sên oiei tettarôn obolôn einai, to tês paroimias. ouk oistha, hoti kai Thersitês en tois Hellêsin eparrêsiazeto: tôi de Agamemnoni tês Thersitou paroinias elatton emelen ê chelônêi muiôn, to tou logou.
[1] cf. Apostolius 16.35 -- but, there, with the gloss 'things not worthy of high status'. That version might be right, given the low value of the obol (omicron 7), yet what Julian says -- next note -- seems to indicate otherwise; and cf. anyway tau 413. A puzzle, left unsolved in Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1686.
[2] From Julian (iota 437), Letters 82 (p.106 Bidez/Cumont); again at chi 191. For Thersites see theta 257. For 'free speech' see pi 636, pi 637.
Keywords: daily life; economics; epic; ethics; food; mythology; proverbs; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 May 2004@08:59:34.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 17 May 2004@16:04:53.
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