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Headword: *mwro/teros *mwru/xou
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:
*mwro/teros *mwru/xou: *pole/mwn le/gesqai tau/thn para\ *sikeliw/tais ou(/tws: mwro/teros ei)= *mwru/xou, o(\s ta)/ndon a)fei\s e)/cw th=s oi)ki/as ka/qhtai. *mw/ruxos de\ par' au)toi=s o( *dio/nusos kat' e)pi/qeton, dia\ to\ molu/nesqai au)tou= to\ pro/swpon e)n th=| tru/gh| gleu/kei te kai\ su/kois. moru/cai de\ to\ molu=nai. *(/omhros gou=n to\ memolumme/nos memoruxhme/nos fhsi/n. eu)h/qeian de\ tou/tou katagnwsqh=nai, paro/son e)/cw tou= new\ e)n u(pai/qrw| au)tou= to\ a)/galma kaqi/drutai para\ th=| ei)so/dw|. ta/ttetai de\ e)pi\ tw=n eu)/hqe/s ti diaprattome/nwn.
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).
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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.
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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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