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Headword: Πηλέως μάχαιρα
Adler number: pi,1507
Translated headword: Peleus' knife
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A proverb;[1] this Aristophanes also[2] places on record; "he is prouder than Peleus was at the knife". It seems to have been a Hephaestus-wrought gift for restraint, the knife which Peleus took.
Greek Original:
Πηλέως μάχαιρα: παροιμία: ταύτην ἀναγράφει καὶ Ἀριστοφάνης οὕτως: μέγα φρονεῖ μᾶλλον ἢ Πηλεὺς ἐπὶ τῇ μαχαίρᾳ. ἣ ἐδόκει σωφροσύνης γέρας ἡφαιστότευκτος, ἣν εἰλήφει μάχαιραν ὁ Πηλεύς.
Notes:
See mu 393 (and for 'knife' see generally mu 302). Similar but longer entry in Photius' Lexicon (pi851 Theodoridis).
[1] cf. Appendix Proverbiorum 4.57 and other paroemiographers.
[2] This phrase, also in Photius, presumably means 'as well as others'. (NB: what follows is a fragment of Aristophanes of Byzantium's Proverbs. His namesake the comic poet mentions the proverb, at Clouds 1063, but does not quote it in this form.)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; gender and sexuality; mythology; proverbs; science and technology; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 February 2007@04:53:29.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 2 February 2007@11:03:30.
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