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Headword: Διὸς ἐγκέφαλος
Adler number: delta,1204
Translated headword: Zeus' brain, Zeus' morsel
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Referring to] the finest food-item.[1] So say the Persians in reference to those who live luxuriously; or "king's morsel."
Greek Original:
Διὸς ἐγκέφαλος: τὸ κάλλιστον βρῶμα. οὕτω λέγουσιν οἱ Πέρσαι ἐπὶ τῶν ἡδυπαθούντων: ἢ βασιλέως ἐγκέφαλος.
Notes:
More fully in Zenobius 3.41, and cf. other paroemiographers; Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.1420. See also beta 145.
One might compare (in the broadest of terms) the soft, pungent cheese dip of Lyon known as cervelle de canut, "silkworker's brain".
[1] Pausanias the Atticist fr. 129; Photius s.v.
[2] cf. Zenobius 3.141 and other paroemiographers; Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.1420.
[3] See beta 145.
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; food; geography; imagery; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 November 2000@11:53:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 30 August 2002@07:04:11.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 12 July 2012@08:53:25.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2012@04:03:35.
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