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Headword: Môroteros Môruchou
Adler number: mu,1343
Translated headword: more stupid than Morychos; more stupid than Morychus
Vetting Status: high
Polemon[1] [says] that this [proverb] is used by the Sicilians, thus: "you are more stupid than Morychus, who having left things indoors sits outside the house".[2] Morychus, among them, [is] Dionysus [referred to] by an epithet, because of his face being soiled in the vintage with must and figs. [The verb] moru/cai ['to soil'] [means] to stain. At any rate Homer says memoruxhme/nos [sc. for] memolumme/nos.[3] He [sc. Dionysus] was accused of simplemindedness, because his statue stood outside the temple in the open air, next to the entrance. [The proverb] is applied to those who do something simple-minded.
Greek Original:
Môroteros Môruchou: Polemôn legesthai tautên para Sikeliôtais houtôs: môroteros ei Môruchou, hos tandon apheis exô tês oikias kathêtai. Môruchos de par' autois ho Dionusos kat' epitheton, dia to molunesthai autou to prosôpon en têi trugêi gleukei te kai sukois. moruxai de to molunai. Homêros goun to memolummenos memoruchêmenos phêsin. euêtheian de toutou katagnôsthênai, paroson exô tou neô en hupaithrôi autou to agalma kathidrutai para têi eisodôi. tattetai de epi tôn euêthes ti diaprattomenôn.
For this proverb -- m-alliterative in the Greek -- see also Photius, Lexicon mu652 Theodoridis (the precursor of the present entry), Zenobius 5.13, and Michael Apostolius 11.91; cf. Plutarch, *paroimi/ai ai(=s *)Alecandrei=s e)xrw=nto 1.40 (s.v. *mwru/xou *dionu/sou) and Pausanias, *)attikw=n o)noma/twn sunagwgh/ s.v. mwro/teros ei)= *moru/xou. Also mu 1266 and tau 822.
[1] Of the four persons of the same name, this is the one under pi 1888 (q.v.); = fr.73 Preller.
[2] Sophron [sigma 893] fr. 74 Kaibel, now 73 K.-A.
[3] Actually memorugme/na for memoruxhme/na; Homer, Odyssey 13.435 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: agriculture; art history; botany; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; geography; historiography; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 17 July 2009@07:20:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 17 July 2009@07:47:31.
Catharine Roth (betacode cosmeticule) on 4 August 2009@14:01:57.
David Whitehead on 28 May 2013@05:44:07.
David Whitehead (augmented and expanded notes) on 4 September 2013@05:13:51.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 21 December 2014@10:53:54.
David Whitehead (coding) on 18 May 2016@11:00:12.


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