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Headword: *ai)/c
Adler number: alphaiota,235
Translated headword: goat
Vetting Status: high
[ai)/c], [genitive] ai)go/s.[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "the nanny-goat giving the knife."[2] For as the Corinthians were sacrificing to Hera Akraia, [whose cult] Medea is said to have established, the hired men[3] hiding the knife in the nearby earth claimed that they had forgotten it. But the goat dug it up with her feet.
Greek Original:
*ai)/c, ai)go/s. kai\ paroimi/a: *(h ai)\c dou=sa th\n ma/xairan. *korinqi/wn ga\r *(/hra| *)akrai/a| quo/ntwn, h(\n le/getai i(dru=sai *mh/deian, oi( e)n th=| paro/xw| memisqwme/noi gh=| kru/yantes th\n ma/xairan e)skh/ptonto e)pilelh=sqai. h( de\ ai)\c au)th\n toi=s posi\n a)neska/leusen.
cf. alphaiota 69, alphaiota 236.
[1] Similarly in other lexica and grammars.
[2] Zenobius 1.27 has a fuller version of what follows. See also Hesychius alpha2012 and Photius s.v. 'the nanny-goat'.
[3] Adler reports that ms F has not memisqwme/noi but memustwme/noi, "initiates". Zenobius, though, has the periphrasis "some of the hired men who had brought [it]".
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; geography; mythology; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 October 2002@23:23:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 7 October 2002@03:20:38.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another note; more keywords) on 15 May 2012@06:50:00.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 28 November 2015@09:13:08.


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