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Headword: Allôs analiskeis hudôr
Adler number: alpha,1400
Translated headword: you are using up water for nothing
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to those toiling in vain in speeches.[1] It is taken from those speaking to water in the [sc. Athenian] jurycourts.[2]
Greek Original:
Allôs analiskeis hudôr: epi tôn matên en logois ponountôn. metênektai de apo tôn en tois dikastêriois pros hudôr legontôn.
[1] cf., more generally, alpha 1399. Diogenianus 2.61.
[2] That is, within a fixed time-limit measured by a waterclock (klepsydra). See in brief S.C. Todd, The Shape of Athenian Law (Oxford 1993) 130-2.
Keywords: daily life; law; proverbs; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 June 2000@06:14:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added note) on 19 September 2000@06:39:10.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 2 July 2002@05:06:31.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 9 August 2006@10:10:31.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 10 February 2012@06:26:26.


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