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Headword: Νικήτης
Adler number: nu,387
Translated headword: Nicetes, Niketes
Vetting Status: high
Proper name. Heraclides of Lycia, the sophist, said: "Nicetes purified", unaware that he was fitting the spoils of the Pygmies onto a colossus.
This proverb perhaps refers to people who try to bring together things that are incompatible, and especially when we compare tiny things to huge ones.
Greek Original:
Νικήτης: ὄνομα κύριον. ὅτι Ἡρακλείδης ὁ Λύκιος σοφιστὴς ἔφη: Νικήτης ὁ κεκαθαρμένος ἀγνοήσας ἀκροθίνια πυγμαίων κολοσσῷ ἐφαρμόζειν. παροιμία τοῦτο ἴσως ἐπὶ τῶν ἀσύμβατα συμβιβαζόντων, καὶ μάλισθ' ὅταν σμικρότατα μεγίστοις παραβάλλωμεν.
After the opening gloss this material derives from alpha 1002 (cf. eta 462). The reference is to Heraclides' revision of works by the sophist Nicetes (RE Nicetes(6); PIR2 Nu83). See also Philostratus, Lives of the Sophists 1.19 (512).
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; geography; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 20 June 2003@01:56:12.
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William Hutton (cosmetics.) on 20 June 2003@02:20:56.
David Whitehead (augmented headword and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 June 2003@03:37:59.
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