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Headword: Ἐχῖνος τὸν τόκον ἀναβάλλῃ
Adler number: epsilon,4009
Translated headword: a hedgehog would postpone childbirth
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This proverbial phrase] is said in reference to things which, if postponed, become worse. For terrestrial hedgehogs seem, when spurred on, to hold back childbirth, then later [sc. when troubled] by harsher embryos to (?)escape something worse in the childbirth.
Ἐχῖνος [means] both the animal and the stomach of an ox.[2]
In the Epigrams [it is written]: "the hedgehog body, shaggy with sharp quills."[3] And elsewhere: "seeing the hedgehog carrying grape-clusters on its back, Komaulus killed it in this vineyard's drying-floor."[4]
Greek Original:
Ἐχῖνος τὸν τόκον ἀναβάλλῃ: λέγεται ἐφ' ὧν τὸ ἀναβάλλεσθαι πρὸς χείρονος γίνεται. καὶ γὰρ οἱ χερσαῖοι ἐχῖνοι δοκοῦσι κεντούμενοι ἀνέχειν τὸν τόκον, εἶθ' ὕστερον ὑπὸ τραχυτέρων τῶν ἐμβρύων κάκιον ἀπαλλάσσειν ἐν τῷ τόκῳ. Ἐχῖνος δὲ καὶ τὸ ζῷον, καὶ ἡ γαστὴρ τοῦ βοός. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: ὀξέσι λαχνήεντα δέμας κέντροισιν ἐχῖνον. καὶ αὖθις: κώμαυλος τὸν ἐχῖνον ἰδὼν ἐπὶ νῶτα φέροντα ῥᾶγας ἀπέκτεινε τῷδ' ἐπὶ θειλοπέδῳ.
cf. generally epsilon 4010, epsilon 4011, epsilon 4012, epsilon 4013.
[1] Also in Photius; and cf. Diogenianus 4.91 and other paroemiographers.
[2] From the scholia to Nicander, Theriaca 579.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.45.1.
[4] Greek Anthology 6.169.1-2; cf. kappa 2257, sigma 466.
Keywords: agriculture; botany; children; daily life; ethics; food; medicine; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 10 February 2008@18:24:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 February 2008@04:16:39.
David Whitehead (typo (mine)) on 12 February 2008@03:06:45.
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David Whitehead on 21 November 2012@05:05:59.
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