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Headword: *)/onos lu/ras
Adler number: omicron,391
Translated headword: a donkey to a lyre
Vetting Status: high
Menander in Psophodees [uses the phrase].[1] The complete proverb [is]: "a donkey was listening to a lyre and a pig to a trumpet". It is said of those who do not express agreement or praise.
Ammonianus the grammarian happened to acquire a donkey as an audience for his wisdom. Look under 'Ammonianus'.[2]
Greek Original:
*)/onos lu/ras: *me/nandros *yofodeei=. h( d' o(/lh paroimi/a, o)/nos lu/ras h)/koue kai\ sa/lpiggos u(=s. le/getai e)pi\ tw=n mh\ sugkatatiqeme/nwn mhde\ e)painou/ntwn. o(/ti *)ammwnianw=| tw=| grammatikw=| sumbe/bhken o)/non kekth=sqai, sofi/as a)kroath/n. kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| *)ammwniano/s.
The first paragraph of this entry is also in Photius (omicron355 Theodoridis, with other references there).
[1] Menander fr. 527 Kock (418 K.-A.); cf. Misoumenos 295 Sandbach = 696 Arnott. Compare omicron 384, omicron 385, and see generally Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.1934.
[2] [alpha 1639] Ammonianus.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; meter and music; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 4 September 2003@14:35:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-refs and keywords; cosmetics) on 5 September 2003@05:02:18.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; cosmetics) on 17 August 2012@06:39:18.
David Whitehead (expansions and adjustments) on 4 July 2013@05:17:17.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 4 July 2013@22:27:05.
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