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Headword: Gumnoteros Ialemou
Adler number: gamma,491
Translated headword: more naked than a Ialemos
Vetting Status: high
The *)ia/lemos [is] a nickname of a dirge. [The proverb] is applied in reference to pitiful people/things.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "more naked than a pestle and a slough", though Aristophanes [says] "more blind". For it [sc. the slough] is the skin and the shedding of the snake and the cicada, from the 'husk' [lepi/s]. Properly, however, [it is] the membrane with which the fetus of a cow is surrounded. This is also 'blind': because it only has the appearance of eyes. They express the proverb in three ways: 'more blind', 'more empty', and 'more naked'.[2]
Greek Original:
Gumnoteros Ialemou: ho Ialemos epirrêma thrênou. tassetai de epi tôn oiktrôn. kai Gumnoteros huperou kai lebêridos. Aristophanês de tuphloteros. esti de to suphar kai ekduma tou opheôs kai tou tettigos, para tên lepida. kuriôs de, hôi periechetai to embruon tou boos. esti de touto kai tuphlon: tas gar opas monas echei tôn ophthalmôn. trichê de anagraphousi tên paroimian, tuphloteros, kenoteros kai gumnoteros.
[1] Zenobius 4.39, etc. For Ialemos, claimed by some to be a son of Kalliope (kappa 234), and another proverb involving him see iota 17.
[2] Zenobius 2.95, etc.; cf. lambda 218, sigma 1694, tau 1217, upsilon 341. ('Aristophanes' = fr. 35 Kock, now 33 Kassel-Austin.)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; medicine; meter and music; mythology; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 13 July 2003@06:04:33.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes and a keyword) on 13 July 2003@07:05:05.
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