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Headword: Athênai ton ailouron
Adler number: alpha,726
Translated headword: (to compare) the cat to Athena
Vetting Status: high
The proverb is applied to those badly equating major things with minor on account of a small similarity; as if someone were to compare the cat to Athena because of the greyness [sc. of their eyes].
Athena and Poseidon contended for Attica; look under geraiteros ["older"].[1]
Greek Original:
Athênai ton ailouron: epi tôn kakôs sunkrinontôn ta kreittona tois hêttosi dia mikran homoiotêta hê paroimia eirêtai: hôs ei tis dia glaukotêta ton ailouron têi Athênai sumballoi. hoti Athêna kai Poseidôn ephiloneikêsan peri tês Attikês: zêtei en tôi geraiteros.
Zenobius 2.25 and other paroemiographers; also in Photius.
[1] gamma 195.
Keywords: daily life; mythology; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 February 2000@17:51:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added cross-reference; cosmetics) on 9 October 2000@08:17:55.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 May 2002@03:43:10.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 19 January 2012@07:09:48.
David Whitehead on 1 May 2015@09:45:59.


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