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Headword: *kenoi\ kena\ logi/zontai
Adler number: kappa,1346
Translated headword: empty men think empty thoughts
Vetting Status: high
A proverb. [It arose] because Archias, who wanted to betray Cyprus to Demetrius, was caught, and hanged himself on a rope taken from one of the curtain-hangings. For in fact, because of their desires "empty men think empty thoughts". Furthermore that man, because he thought he was about to receive 500 talents, discarded even the possessions he already had.[1]
And again Aristophanes [writes]: "running in to the town hall with his belly empty, he came out with it full".[2] That is, out of the city.[3]
Greek Original:
*kenoi\ kena\ logi/zontai: paroimi/a. *)arxi/as ga\r *ku/pron boulo/menos prodou=nai *dhmhtri/w| kai\ fwraqei/s, kalw|di/w| tw=n e)k th=s au)lai/as parapepetasme/nwn e(auto\n a)pekre/mase. tw=| ga\r o)/nti dia\ ta\s e)piqumi/as kenoi\ kena\ logi/zontai. kai\ ga\r e)kei=nos do/cas pentako/sia ta/lanta proslh/yesqai kai\ ta\ prou+pa/rxonta prosapw/lese. kai\ au)=qis *)aristofa/nhs: e)sdramw\n e)s to\ prutanei=on kenh=| th=| koili/a| e)/ceisi ple/a|. toute/stin e)k th=s po/lews.
[1] For Archias (and this passage of Polybius) see already alpha 4103; and cf. alpha 4434.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 280-1 (web address 1), related to the preceding passage only by the use of the same adjective; cf. epsilon 446.
[3] From the scholia to the preceding passage. The gloss means, in effect, at the community's expense. For meals in the 'town hall' (prytaneion) see pi 2999.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; food; historiography; history; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 July 2001@05:01:46.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added link) on 17 September 2003@23:47:05.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords) on 18 September 2003@03:16:22.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 August 2012@09:06:21.
David Whitehead on 18 February 2013@06:31:21.


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