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Headword: Oktôpoun
Adler number: omicron,130
Translated headword: eight-footer, scorpion
Vetting Status: high
Cratinus in Thracian Girls [says]: "you are waking an eight-footer". Meaning a scorpion.[1] For [there is] a proverb: "you are waking an eight-footed scorpion."[2] And in the Xantriai of Aeschylus, the Fury, in calling the divine power on the Bacchants, says: "from the feet a rending rises from below to the top of the head, a wound of the tongue, I mean the dart of the scorpion."[3]
Greek Original:
Oktôpoun: Kratinos Thraittais: oktôpoun anegeireis. anti tou skorpion. paroimia gar: skorpion oktôpoun anegeireis. en de tais Aischulou Xantriais hê Lussa epitheiazousa tais Bakchais phêsin: ek podôn d' anô huperchetai sparagmos eis akron kara, kentêma glôssês, skorpiou belos legô.
Same entry in Photius (omicron195 Theodoridis), from Pausanias the Atticist (omicron15).
[1] Cratinus fr. 77 Kock (80 K.-A.). The epithet "eight-footed" is applied to various animals such as the scorpion, the crab, and the octopus: see omicron 456.
[2] cf. Diogenianus 8.8 and other paroemiographers, and see generally Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.774.
[3] Aeschylus fr. 169 Radt.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; proverbs; religion; tragedy; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 October 2002@00:35:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 3 October 2002@03:35:23.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 5 October 2002@12:56:38.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented note 2; cosmetics) on 1 March 2005@03:09:44.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 15 August 2012@09:00:42.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaking) on 24 June 2013@03:42:40.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 29 December 2020@00:27:35.


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