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Headword: Ἀδώνιδος κῆποι
Adler number: alpha,517
Translated headword: Adonis' gardens
Vetting Status: high
[Made] out of lettuce and fennel, which they used to sow in earthenware pots. They apply the proverb to the superficial and shallow.[1]
Adonis' gardens: in reference to things that are untimely and transitory and have not taken root.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀδώνιδος κῆποι: ἐκ θριδάκων καὶ μαράθρων, ἅπερ κατέσπειρον ἐν ὀστράκοις. χρῶνται δ' ἐπὶ τῶν ἐπιπολαίων καὶ κούφων τῇ παροιμίᾳ. Ἀδώνιδος κῆποι: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀώρων καὶ ὀλιγοχρονίων καὶ μὴ ἐρριζωμένων.
See already alpha 514 (and under alpha 515), and again alpha 807.
For the Adonis festival (celebrated by women in Athens and elsewhere) which lies behind this entry, see in brief W. Burkert, Greek Religion (Harvard UP) 177; OCD(4) p.12.
[1] Similar material in Photius and Hesychius.
[2] From the scholia to Plato, Phaedrus 276B; cf. Diogenianus 1.14.
Marcel Detienne, The Gardens of Adonis (1977; edn.2, 1994)
Keywords: agriculture; botany; daily life; definition; ethics; mythology; philosophy; proverbs; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 March 2001@23:58:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note, bibliography, keywords) on 17 March 2001@08:02:03.
Catharine Roth (added italics and keyword) on 9 October 2005@00:22:07.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 January 2012@08:05:36.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@03:07:40.


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