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Headword: Cheirôneion helkos
Adler number: chi,269
Translated headword: Cheironian sore, Chironian sore
Vetting Status: high
A wound occurring in the feet from [sc. too] much standing, and continuously exuding serums. The proverb applies to intolerable and incurable sores.
Greek Original:
Cheirôneion helkos: to apo pollês staseôs en tois posi genomenon trauma kai diênekôs ichôras ekkrinon. hê paroimia epi tôn anêkestôn kai aniatôn helkôn.
Zenobius 6.46, and more briefly in other paroemiographers. For Ch(e)iron see chi 267. The sense of 'Cheironian' in the proverb is ambiguous: 'a sore like Cheiron's or needing his aid' (LSJ s.v.).
Keywords: daily life; medicine; mythology; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 April 2003@08:41:48.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added alternative spelling of headword; raised status) on 1 September 2003@16:36:18.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 21 April 2010@08:23:47.
David Whitehead on 11 November 2013@06:23:00.


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