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Headword: *tau=ta/ soi kai\ *pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia
Adler number: tau,175
Translated headword: for you this [is] both Pythia and Delia
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverb] in reference to those taking their final actions.[1] For when Polykrates, the tyrant of Samos, had captured Rheneia and dedicated it to Apollo, he set up a most beautiful festival in Delos.[2] Then he sent to Delphi and asked what he must call the festival, Delia or Pythia. But the oracle said: "for you [this is] both Pythia and Delia"; meaning that he would die immediately.[3]
Greek Original:
*tau=ta/ soi kai\ *pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia: e)pi\ tw=n ta\ teleutai=a poiou/ntwn. *polukra/ths ga\r o( *sa/mou tu/rannos *(rh/nian e(lw\n kai\ a)naqei\s au)th\n tw=| *)apo/llwni kai\ e)n *dh/lw| qei\s a)gw=na ka/lliston h)rw/ta pe/myas ei)s *delfou/s, pw=s dei= kalei=n to\n a)gw=na, *dh/lia h)\ *pu/qia. o( de\ xrhsmo\s ei)=pe: tau=ta/ soi kai\ *pu/qia kai\ *dh/lia: shmai/nwn, o(/ti eu)qe/ws a)poqanei=tai.
[1] The proverb, which is in the iambic metre (with kai\ *dh/lia beginning a new line) is attributed to the comic poet Menander (fr. 147 Kock = 134 Koerte-Thierfelder = 84 Kassel-Austin). In the paroemiographers: Zenobius 6.15; Apostolius 15.9; Arsenius 16.17a.
[2] (Delos lies between the larger islands of Rheneia [rho 134] and Mykonos.) For this episode cf. Thucydides 1.13.6 and 3.104.2.
[3] cf. pi 3128, and see generally J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle: its responses and operations (Berkeley 1978) 307 Q116.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; geography; history; military affairs; meter and music; proverbs; religion
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 11 July 2003@01:29:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 July 2003@04:18:05.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 August 2011@06:30:23.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 31 December 2014@07:07:49.


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