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Headword: *)/iktinos
Adler number: iota,283
Translated headword: kite
Vetting Status: high
A kind of bird of prey which appears in the spring.[1] And [there is] a proverb: "rolling down before kites." For when spring begins, the kite appears. Delighted by this they used to roll, as if falling on their knees to a king -- for it is a prerogative of kings to receive kneeling homage from men. Or because that which is caused by the change of seasons transferred to royal honor; for the kites signify spring. So the poor when they were relieved from winter rolled and bowed before them.[2]
Greek Original:
*)/iktinos: ei)=dos o)/rniqos a(rpaktikou= e)n e)/ari fainome/nou. kai\ paroimi/a: prokulindei=sqai i)kti/nois. e)/aros ga\r a)rxome/nou i)/ktinos fai/netai: e)f' w(=| h(do/menoi e)kulindou=nto, w(s e)pi\ go/nu pi/ptontes ei)s basile/a: i)/dion ga\r basile/wn to\ e)c a)nqrw/pwn gonupetei=sqai. h)\ o(/ti to\ dia\ metabolh=s kairou= gino/menon ei)s basilikh\n e)pe/treye timh/n: oi( ga\r i)/ktinoi to\ e)/ar shmai/nousin. oi( pe/nhtes ou)=n a)pallage/ntes xeimw=nos proekulindou=nto kai\ proseku/noun au)tou/s.
[1] Miluus regalis. See also iota 284, and cf. a scholion (119.1 Rabe) on Lucian, Timon 54.
[2] A comedy-challenged scholion on Aristophanes, Birds 501 (web address 1). The passage is quoted again at pi 2492.
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 April 2006@11:45:27.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 10 April 2006@03:31:13.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 10 April 2006@10:32:56.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; cosmetics) on 10 January 2013@08:53:29.
David Whitehead on 10 January 2013@09:06:40.
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