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Headword: Anankê
Adler number: alpha,1828
Translated headword: necessity
Vetting Status: high
In the Epigrams: "see how all-wise necessity taught him to find an escape from Hades."[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "with necessity not even gods fight."[2] It recommends that one should be satisfied with what is available. Similar to this: "if there is no meat at hand, one must make do with stockfish."[3]
Greek Original:
Anankê: en Epigrammasi: id' hôs edidaxen ananka pansophos exeurein eklusin aïdeô. kai paroimia: anankêi oude theoi machontai. parenguai, hoti dei tois parousin arkeisthai. homoion tôi: an mê parêi krea, tarichôi sterkteon.
[1] Greek Anthology 6.219.23-24 (attributed to Antipater of Sidon), having taken shelter in a lion's den, a Gallus drives the animal away by beating his tambour; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 33); (vol. II, 84-86); and further extracts from this protracted epigram at alpha 1510, alpha 4172, epsilon 747, zeta 19, kappa 2544, lambda 869, sigma 299, and sigma 1723. The Galli (cf. gamma 41, gamma 42) were eunuch priests of Kybele (kappa 2586).
[2] Zenobius 1.85; already at alpha 1826.
[3] Again at alpha 2544, sigma 1052, and tau 119; cf. also sigma 440.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: daily life; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; meter and music; poetry; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 March 2001@16:05:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation and keywords; added notes) on 2 April 2001@03:27:06.
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David Whitehead on 26 June 2015@04:09:44.
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