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Headword: *)/earos xrh/|zei
Adler number: epsilon,11
Translated headword: is in want of spring
Vetting Status: high
Because [he] has an old tunic. And Aristophanes [writes]: "he seems to be in need of not a few swallows." For one swallow does not make a spring.
Greek Original:
*)/earos xrh/|zei: e)peidh\ palaio\n xitw=na e)/xei. kai\ *)aristofa/nhs: dei=sqai d' e)/oiken ou)k o)li/gwn xelido/nwn. mi/a ga\r xelidw\n e)/ar ou) poiei=.
Aristophanes, Birds 1417 (web address 1), with scholion. (The preceding line, 1416, has mentioned a cloak.) The present headword phrase comes from those scholia, but appears as proverbial in its own right in Appendix Proverbiorum 2.3.
The proverb "One swallow does not make a spring" (we would say "summer"), Cratinus fr. 33 Kock, now 35 K.-A., is quoted by Aristotle at Nicomachean Ethics 1098a16 (web address 2); cf. mu 1030, and see generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.705.
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: clothing; comedy; daily life; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 15 June 2002@00:59:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 16 June 2002@04:51:03.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 16 June 2002@13:04:50.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 June 2011@08:27:26.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 24 June 2011@01:08:09.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 23 July 2012@07:27:30.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 15 August 2012@08:34:57.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@08:46:41.
David Whitehead (coding) on 2 December 2015@04:05:28.


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