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Headword: *)anq' e(/rmatos polla\s katapepwkw\s di/kas
Adler number: alpha,2498
Translated headword: having swallowed down for ballast many lawsuits
Vetting Status: high
Instead of a stone; since flying cranes carry pebbles in their mouths as a support against being carried away by the winds.
Greek Original:
*)anq' e(/rmatos polla\s katapepwkw\s di/kas: a)nti\ li/qou: e)pei\ ai( ge/ranoi peto/menai e)n tw=| sto/mati yh/fous fe/rousi sthri/gmatos e(/neka, pro\s to\ mh\ parafe/resqai a)ne/mois.
The headword phrase quotes Aristophanes, Birds 1429 (web address 1), and the gloss is from the scholia there. (See again gamma 184 for the latter, and epsilon 3022 for both.)
Dunbar (below) 679 notes that the word "lawsuits", ending the line as it does, is meant to come as a surprise.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; imagery; law; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 2 July 2000@11:21:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and bibliography; added keywords; cosmetics) on 9 March 2001@05:05:20.
David Whitehead on 13 August 2002@05:41:07.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 5 January 2008@13:43:55.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 March 2012@05:35:30.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 17 August 2013@00:10:34.


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