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Headword: Charôn
Adler number: chi,135
Translated headword: Charon
Vetting Status: high
[Synonymous with] death.
And queries and announcements associated with his ferrying come from Charon [Author, Myth]: "Who [is going] to a rest from evils (toils) and troubles?" "Who [is going] to the Plain of Lethe?" He has formed a spot in Hades thus described, and also as the Stone of Auainos. "Who [is going] to a donkey's wool?" Thus they describe what is useless, since a donkey's wool is not useful. And the proverb is also uttered in the case of what is endless, just as we say "You are decorating a pot."[1] Things in Hades go on endlessly. Hence [the expression] "donkey's wool" has been turned into a poetic metaphor.
Greek Original:
Charôn: ho thanatos. kai porthmeutikai para Charônos peuseis kai kêrugmata: tis eis anapaulas ek kakôn [ponôn] kai pragmatôn; tis eis to Lêthês pedion; chôrion diatetupôken en haidou houtô legomenon: hôs kai ton Auainou lithon. tis eis onou pokas; houtô legousi to achrêston: oude gar tou onou pokai chrêsimeuousi. legetai de kai hê paroimia epi tôn anênutôn, en hôi tropôi phamen chutran poikilleis: anênuta de kai ta en haidou. dia touto oun onou pokas aneplasato poiêtikôs.
Apart from the initial gloss, this material is quoted from tau 655, where it draws on the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 185-6. See also chi 140.
[1] See chi 610.
OCD(4) p.307, under Charon(1)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; mythology; poetry; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 28 November 2001@09:34:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and bibliography; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 28 November 2001@09:52:39.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 November 2005@10:26:01.
David Whitehead on 8 November 2013@05:47:31.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 August 2014@06:08:22.


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