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Headword: Ἀλλ' ἔσθι' ἐλθὼν τοὺς Μεγακλέους κίονας
Adler number: alpha,1143
Translated headword: but go and eat the pillars of Megacles
Vetting Status: high
As if he said the wealth [of Megacles]. He is indicating through these [words] that nothing was left to him, except the courtyard. Meaning the stones of Megacles' house. For these alone were left behind once he had eaten everything. The old man says this to his son. Aristophanes in Clouds [uses the phrase]. The saying [is used] in reference to those eating without restraint.
Greek Original:
Ἀλλ' ἔσθι' ἐλθὼν τοὺς Μεγακλέους κίονας: ὡς [εἰ] εἶπε τὸν πλοῦτον. ἐμφαίνει διὰ τούτων, ὅτι οὐδὲν αὐτῷ κατελείφθη, εἰ μὴ ἡ αὐλή. ἀντὶ τοῦ τοὺς λίθους τῆς Μεγακλέους οἰκίας. οὗτοι γὰρ μόνοι κατελείφθησαν αὐτῷ πάντα φαγόντι. λέγει δὲ ὁ πρεσβύτης πρὸς τὸν υἱόν. Ἀριστοφάνης ἐν Νεφέλαις. ἐπὶ τῶν ἀνειμένως διαιτωμένων ὁ λόγος.
Aristophanes, Clouds 815, with scholion.
For "pillars of Megacles" as a pun on "pillars of Heracles" see the note to mu 354.
Keywords: architecture; biography; comedy; economics; ethics; food; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 May 2000@16:00:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 28 January 2001@05:58:25.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@08:36:38.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 February 2012@04:43:09.


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