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Headword: *musw=n lei/a
Adler number: mu,1479
Translated headword: Mysians' booty
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those being badly plundered.[1] For at that time[2] their neighbours used to plunder the Mysians.
Greek Original:
*musw=n lei/a: e)pi\ tw=n kakw=s diarpazome/nwn: oi( ga\r peri/oikoi kat' e)kei=non to\n xro/non tou\s *musou\s e)lhi/+zonto.
Diogenianus 6.42. See also, and more fully, mu 1478.
[1] cf. 'like candy from a baby' -- the Mysians of NW Asia Minor being (in Greek eyes) proverbially weak fighters. The phrase is used e.g. by Demosthenes 18.72 (web address 1), of the danger that Hellas would be easy prey for Philip II of Macedon. It is also used by Aristotle (Rhetoric 1.12.20): "and those who have often been wronged but have not prosecuted, being, as the proverb says, 'Mysians' booty'."
[2] It is not clear what events are referred to; the writer may have had Demosthenes' speech in mind, or the myth of Telephos (cf. mu 1478). The phrase was also used by the fifth-century comic playwright Strattis (fr.35 Kock = 36 K.-A.) and by Simonides (fr. 37 West).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; ethics; geography; history; military affairs; mythology; poetry; proverbs; rhetoric
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 29 October 2002@11:25:32.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ (expanded xref; status) on 29 October 2002@14:01:28.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 30 October 2002@03:04:01.
William Hutton (cosmetics, added link and keyword) on 29 October 2003@14:16:52.
Mehmet Fatih Yavuz (augmented notes) on 23 October 2008@15:58:54.
David Whitehead (tweaked headword; another keyword; other cosmetics) on 24 October 2008@02:58:02.
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