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Headword: Δειλότερος τοῦ παρακύπτοντος
Adler number: delta,319
Translated headword: more cowardly than a peeper
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference those who are extremely cowardly. For there was a certain cowardly man who, peeping out of a cave and seeing Heracles, was turned to stone; and the stone which looks like a person still remains to this day. For he was afraid of Heracles and went down into the cave and because of his cowardice he died.[1]
And [sc. there is] another proverb: "more cowardly than Peisander".[2] "There Peisander came asking to see his soul, which had left him when he was alive." For he was excessively cowardly.[3]
Greek Original:
Δειλότερος τοῦ παρακύπτοντος: ἐπὶ τῶν σφόδρα δειλῶν. ἀνὴρ γάρ τις ἐγένετο δειλός, ὃς παρακύψας ἐκ σπηλαίου καὶ ἰδὼν τὸν Ἡρακλέα ἀπελιθώθη: καὶ διέμεινεν ἔτι καὶ νῦν ὁ λίθος ἀνθρωποειδής. φοβούμενος γὰρ τὸν Ἡρακλέα κατέδυ εἰς σπήλαιον καὶ διὰ δειλίαν ἀπέθανε. καὶ ἑτέρα παροιμία: Δειλότερος Πεισάνδρου. ἔνθα καὶ Πείσανδρος ἦλθε δεόμενος ψυχὴν ἰδεῖν, ἣ ζῶντ' ἐκεῖνον προὔλιπε. δειλὸς γὰρ ἦν καθ' ὑπερβολήν.
[1] Zenobius 3.32; cf. rho 121 (end).
[2] Apostolius 14.14.
[3] Aristophanes, Birds 1556-8 (web address 1 below), with comment from the scholia there; cf. pi 1467.
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Keywords: aetiology; biography; comedy; daily life; ethics; mythology; politics; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 May 2004@22:10:10.
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