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Headword: *)ara/bios a)/ggelos
Adler number: alpha,3729
Translated headword: Arabian messenger
Vetting Status: high
Menander in Dedicated Girl or Messenian Woman [uses the phrase].[1] From the proverb [about the] "Arabian piper". "So I started an Arabian pipe going"; it is applied to those who speak incessantly. Long ago, they say, free men did not learn to play the pipe because it was vulgar. But many of the slaves were barbarians and Arabians, about whom a proverb is said: "he plays the pipe for a drachma, but he stops for four."[2] Also "Arabian piper", in reference to the unceasing. Cantharus in Medea [writes]: "strike up this dance on an Arabian kithara."[3]
The Arabians greatly surpassed the others in excellence; they used arrows the height of a man and, instead of using their hands, they stepped with the foot onto the string, drawing the bow into a circle.[4]
Greek Original:
*)ara/bios a)/ggelos: *me/nandros e)n *)anatiqeme/nh| h)\ *messhni/a|. para\ th\n paroimi/an, *)ara/bios au)lhth/s. *)ara/bion a)=r' e)gw\ keki/nhka au)lo/n: ti/qetai de\ e)pi\ tw=n a)pausti\ dialegome/nwn. to\ palaio\n de/ fasi tou\s e)leuqe/rous mh\ manqa/nein au)lei=n dia\ to\ ba/nauson. tw=n de\ a)ndrapo/dwn ta\ polla\ ei)=nai ba/rbara kai\ *)ara/bia, e)f' w(=n e)le/xqh paroimi/a: draxmh=s me\n au)lei=, tegxa/rwn de\ pau/etai. kai\ *)ara/bios au)lhth/s, e)pi\ tw=n a)katapau/stwn. *ka/nqaros *mhdei/a|: kiqarw|do\n e)chgei/rate *)ara/bion to\n xoro\n tou=ton. oi( de\ *)ara/bioi a)reth=| polu\ tw=n a)/llwn diafe/rousin: oi(\ be/lesin a)ndromh/kesin xrw/menoi, a)nti\ tw=n xeirw=n tw=| podi\ e)mbai/nontes e)s th\n neu=ran, kuklou=si to\ to/con.
Zenobius 2.58 and other paroemiographers.
[1] Menander fr. 30 Kock, now 31 K.-A.
[2] Comica adespota fr. 268 Kock, now 920 K.-A. The word "four" is textually corrupt here but guaranteed by other citations; cf. delta 1516 (end), tau 217.
[3] Cantharus fr. 1 Kock (and K.-A.).
[4] Quoted from epsilon 942.
Keywords: aetiology; chronology; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; geography; military affairs; meter and music; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 4 December 2000@18:06:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 5 December 2000@03:48:04.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 23 August 2002@06:21:19.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 10 April 2012@04:11:34.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2014@03:27:30.
David Whitehead on 24 December 2014@03:37:59.
David Whitehead on 29 December 2014@03:15:33.
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