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Headword: *)all' a(/pan ge/noit' a)\n h)/dh
Adler number: alpha,1073
Translated headword: but now anything might happen
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
["But now anything might happen.] I applaud the old proverb. For one must look under every stone, lest a politician bite." The proverb [is as follows]: "under every stone a scorpion sleeps: watch out!"
Greek Original:
*)all' a(/pan ge/noit' a)\n h)/dh: th\n paroimi/an d' e)painw= th\n palaia/n. u(po\ li/qw| ga\r panti/ pou xrh\ mh\ da/kh| r(h/twr a)qrei=n. h( de\ paroimi/a: u(po\ panti\ li/qw| skorpi/os eu(/dei: fula/sseo.
Notes:
cf. upsilon 554.
Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 527-530 (web address 1 below), with scholion.
For variants on this alleged proverb (attributed to the mid-C5 poetess Praxilla of Sikyon by the scholiast, see the drinking-song quoted by Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 15.695D = 15.50 #20 Kaibel ("Under every stone, my friend, there lurks a scorpion. Take care that it does not strike you; all kinds of trickery attend the unseen") and Sophocles fr. 138 Nauck ("For in every stone a scorpion stands guard").
For another satirical theriomorphisation of ancient Athenian politicians -- this time as snakes -- see Hyperides fr. 80 Jensen (at pi 585).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; ethics; imagery; politics; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 31 March 2000@00:34:41.
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William Hutton (Added note and text link.) on 31 March 2000@10:44:42.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 18 February 2001@12:19:53.
David Whitehead (added note) on 10 June 2002@08:00:36.
David Whitehead (x-ref; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 2 February 2012@09:52:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 20 April 2012@01:21:14.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 January 2015@23:47:50.
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