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Headword: *pelargikoi\ no/moi
Adler number: pi,931
Translated headword: stork laws
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase coined] because of [the practice] of supporting one's parents in return. So Aristophanes [sc. uses the phrase].
Greek Original:
*pelargikoi\ no/moi: dia\ to\ a)ntektre/fein tou\s gonei=s. ou(/tws *)aristofa/nhs.
The headword phrase occurs in several of the paroemiographers. Though not drawn verbatim from Aristophanes, Birds 1353 ("on the tablets of the storks"), it must have been generated by it (text at web address 1).
On the belief that storks cared for their parents as well as for their children see Dunbar (below) 656-7.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 14 December 2000@05:04:24.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 29 November 2003@01:54:25.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 30 November 2003@04:15:52.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords) on 13 May 2011@04:30:40.
David Whitehead on 4 September 2011@08:45:18.
David Whitehead (tweaks, at the prompting of Prof J C McKeown) on 10 September 2016@07:39:50.


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