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Headword: *nikh/ths
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:
*nikh/ths: o)/noma ku/rion. o(/ti *(hraklei/dhs o( *lu/kios sofisth\s e)/fh: *nikh/ths o( kekaqarme/nos a)gnoh/sas a)kroqi/nia pugmai/wn kolossw=| e)farmo/zein. paroimi/a tou=to i)/sws e)pi\ tw=n a)su/mbata sumbibazo/ntwn, kai\ ma/lisq' o(/tan smikro/tata megi/stois paraba/llwmen.
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).
For the name, see also nu 385, nu 386.
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; geography; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 20 June 2003@01:56:12.
Vetted by:
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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