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Headword: Bous hebdomos
Adler number: beta,457
Translated headword: seventh ox
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those without feeling. For paupers when they did not have anything living to sacrifice used to mould [an ox] out of dough. When the 6 living [beasts] were being sacrificed -- sheep, pig, ram, ox, bird, goose -- a seventh, the one [made] from dough, was sacrificed; and on account of its being lifeless, it was adapted into a proverb.[1]
An epigram to an ox and goat carved on a silver plaque: "How, being an ox, do you not cut furrows of earth, but lie down like a rustic drunkard? And how are you, goat, not running off to pastures but stood up as a silver image? I have criticised and checked your laziness."[2]
Greek Original:
Bous hebdomos: epi tôn anaisthêtôn. hoi gar penêtes empsuchon mê echontes thusai eplatton ex aleurou. thuomenôn de tôn #2# empsuchôn, probatou, huos, aigos, boos, ornithos, chênos, ethueto hebdomos ho ex aleurou: kai dia to einai auton apsuchon, exedothê eis paroimian. epigramma eis boun kai tragon epi pinakos argurou enkekolammenous: pôs bous huparchôn, aulakas gês ou temneis, all' hôs paroinos agrotês aneklithês; pôs ouchi kai su pros nomas apotrecheis, all' arguroun eidôlon hestêkas, trage; hestêka tên sên exelenchôn argian.
See also beta 458, epsilon 25, theta 617.
[1] cf. Diogenianus 3.50.
[2] Greek Anthology, Appendix (epigrammata irrisoria) no.57.
Keywords: agriculture; art history; daily life; economics; ethics; food; poetry; proverbs; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 June 2002@20:26:27.
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David Whitehead (added notes; augmented keywords) on 6 June 2002@05:39:05.
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Catharine Roth (coding) on 4 July 2012@21:18:25.
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