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Headword: *xa/rwn
Adler number: chi,135
Translated headword: Charon
Vetting Status: high
[Synonymous with] death.
And queries and announcements associated with his ferrying come from Charon [Author, Myth]: "Who [is going] to a rest from evils (toils) and troubles?" "Who [is going] to the Plain of Lethe?" He has formed a spot in Hades thus described, and also as the Stone of Auainos. "Who [is going] to a donkey's wool?" Thus they describe what is useless, since a donkey's wool is not useful. And the proverb is also uttered in the case of what is endless, just as we say "You are decorating a pot."[1] Things in Hades go on endlessly. Hence [the expression] "donkey's wool" has been turned into a poetic metaphor.
Greek Original:
*xa/rwn: o( qa/natos. kai\ porqmeutikai\ para\ *xa/rwnos peu/seis kai\ khru/gmata: ti/s ei)s a)napau/las e)k kakw=n [po/nwn] kai\ pragma/twn; ti/s ei)s to\ *lh/qhs pedi/on; xwri/on diatetu/pwken e)n a(/|dou ou(/tw lego/menon: w(s kai\ to\n *au)ai/nou li/qon. ti/s ei)s o)/nou po/kas; ou(/tw le/gousi to\ a)/xrhston: ou)de\ ga\r tou= o)/nou po/kai xrhsimeu/ousi. le/getai de\ kai\ h( paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n a)nhnu/twn, e)n w(=| tro/pw| fame\n xu/tran poiki/lleis: a)nh/nuta de\ kai\ ta\ e)n a(/|dou. dia\ tou=to ou)=n o)/nou po/kas a)nepla/sato poihtikw=s.
Apart from the initial gloss, this material is quoted from tau 655, where it draws on the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 185-6. See also chi 140.
[1] See chi 610.
OCD(4) p.307, under Charon(1)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; mythology; poetry; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 28 November 2001@09:34:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and bibliography; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 28 November 2001@09:52:39.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 November 2005@10:26:01.
David Whitehead on 8 November 2013@05:47:31.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 August 2014@06:08:22.


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