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Headword: Χελιδόνων μουσεῖα
Adler number: chi,187
Translated headword: swallows' museums
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who do foreign and barbarian things. For the [term] 'swallow' [is] applied to barbarians; for it implies 'Thracian swallow'. And in what follows: "where the swallow squawks around Thracian lands."[1] And Euripides [writes]: "a mass of ivy was creeping up, a well-grown shoot, a swallows' museum."[2]
Greek Original:
Χελιδόνων μουσεῖα: ἐπὶ τῶν βάρβαρα καὶ ἀσύνετα ποιούντων. καὶ γὰρ ἡ χελιδὼν ἐπὶ τῶν βαρβάρων: ἐπιφέρει γὰρ Θρηικίη χελιδών. καὶ ἐν τοῖς ἑξῆς: οὗ περιβρέμεται Θρηικία χελιδών. καὶ Εὐριπίδης: πολὺς δ' ἀνεῖρπε κισσός, εὐφυὴς κλάδος, χελιδόνων μουσεῖον.
The headword phrase appears in Aristophanes, Frogs 93 (web address 1 below), and part of this entry is taken from the scholia to the line; cf. Hesychius; and proverbial in Apostolius 7.66.
[1] From line 680 of the same play. (The Aristophanes mss have ἐπι- .)
[2] Euripides fr. 88.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; geography; imagery; proverbs; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 March 2008@11:41:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 20 March 2008@04:57:53.
David Whitehead (corrected n.2) on 14 April 2011@08:15:24.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords) on 10 November 2013@07:04:37.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 21 July 2015@22:43:05.


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