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Headword: *sfhkia/
Adler number: sigma,1732
Translated headword: wasps'-nest
Vetting Status: high
[Sc. A wasp is] a kind of creature.
And [there is] a saying: "you are honey-harvesting and provoking me as if [I were] a wasps'-nest". Aristophanes [writes this]. He has created a metaphor from bees; for honey-harvesting is squeezing out the honey.[1]
Greek Original:
*sfhkia/: ei)=dos zw/|ou. kai\ paroimi/a: w(/sper sfhkia\n bli/tth| me ka)reqi/zei. *)aristofa/nhs. a)po\ tw=n melittw=n metenh/noxe: bli/ttein ga\r to\ e)kpie/zein to\ me/li.
[1] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 475, with scholion. (See also beta 343.) Later proverbial: see generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.774. For conflation of wasps and bees see also sigma 1741.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; imagery; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 August 2012@09:14:30.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 15 August 2012@11:49:39.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 16 August 2012@03:21:52.


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