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Headword: Λαγὼς περὶ τῶν κρεῶν
Adler number: lambda,30
Translated headword: a hare [runs] for his life
Vetting Status: high
A proverb: for the hare [is] a cowardly animal. Hence a man from Rhegium was called a hare; for they used to satirize the people of Rhegium for cowardice. There is a proverb: 'the hare runs [to save] his life'. In reference to those taking risks with their lives and stoutly contesting something.[1]
Also a[another] proverb: 'the Carpathian [brought in] the hare'. In reference to those who are harming themselves; for the Carpathians, who lived on an island and had no hares, introduced them; when [the hares] proliferated, they ravaged the crops.[2]
Greek Original:
Λαγὼς περὶ τῶν κρεῶν: παροιμία. δειλὸν γὰρ τὸ ζῷον ὁ λαγώς. ὅθεν καὶ ὁ Ῥηγῖνος λαγὼς ἐλέχθη: καὶ γὰρ τοὺς Ῥηγίνους ἐπὶ δειλίᾳ ἐκωμῴδουν. παροιμία δέ τις ἐστίν, ὁ λαγὼς τὴν περὶ τῶν κρεῶν τρέχει. ἐπὶ τῶν διακινδυνευόντων ταῖς ψυχαῖς καὶ πρὸς τοῦτο καρτερῶς ἀγωνιζομένων ταττομένη. καὶ παροιμία: ὁ Καρπάθιος τὸν λαγών. ἐπὶ τῶν ἑαυτοὺς βλαπτόντων: οἱ γὰρ Καρπάθιοι νῆσον οἰκοῦντες καὶ λαγωοὺς οὐκ ἔχοντες ἐπηγάγοντο: οἳ πολλοὶ γενόμενοι ἐλυμαίνοντο τοὺς καρπούς.
[1] = Photius, Lexicon lambda24 Theodoridis; cf. Zenobius 4.85 and other paroemiographers. For Rhegion, in the toe-end of Italy, see rho 120, rho 121 (with the cowardice aspect), rho 122. For the idiom 'for his life' compare Aristophanes, Frogs 191 (with Dover's note): δοῦλον οὐκ ἄγω, εἰ μὴ νεναυμάχηκε τὴν περὶ τῶν κρεῶν .
[2] From Aristotle, Rhetoric 1413a (and numerous subsequent authors): καὶ αἱ παροιμίαι δὲ μεταφοραὶ ἀπ' εἴδους ἐπ' εἶδος εἰσίν: οἷον ἄν τις ὡς ἀγαθὸν πεισόμενος αὐτὸς ἐπαγάγηται, εἶτα βλαβῇ, "ὡς ὁ Καρπάθιός", φασιν, "τὸν λαγώ": ἄμφω γὰρ τὸ εἰρημένον πεπόνθασιν. See also omicron 105 and omicroniota 121.
Keywords: agriculture; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; geography; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 2 February 2004@21:50:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 February 2004@03:22:17.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 27 March 2013@05:37:11.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 16 May 2016@03:29:03.


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