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Headword: *tauti\ me\n ei)ka/smesqa kata\ to\n *ai)sxu/lon
Adler number: tau,183
Translated headword: we have been made the object of these comparisons in accordance with Aeschylus
Vetting Status: high
"[who said: "we are caught] not by others but by our own feathers". For Aeschylus calls this a Libyan proverb. There is a story in Libyan myths that an eagle, struck by an arrow from a bow and seeing the manner of the fletching, said: "we are caught in this way not by others but by our own feathers"[1] And so we, [Aristophanes] is saying, are suffering these things not at the hands of others, but by our own decision. “From our own feathers”, meaning we have done these things to ourselves.
Greek Original:
*tauti\ me\n ei)ka/smesqa kata\ to\n *ai)sxu/lon, ta\ d' ou)x u(p' a)/llwn, a)lla\ toi=s au(tw=n pteroi=s: o( ga\r *ai)sxu/los *libustikh\n au)th\n kalei= paroimi/an. o( de/ e)sti mu/qwn tw=n *libustikw=n lo/gos, plhge/nta a)tra/ktw| tocikw=| to\n ai)eto\n ei)pei=n i)do/nta mhxanh\n pterw/matos: ta/d' ou)x u(p' a)/llwn, a)lla\ toi=s au(tw=n pteroi=s a(lisko/meqa. kai\ h(mei=s ou)=n, fhsi/n, ou)x u(p' a)/llwn pa/sxomen tau=ta, a)lla\ th=| au(tw=n gnw/mh|. toi=s au(tw=n pteroi=s, a)nti\ tou= e(autoi=s tau=ta pepoih/kamen.
The long headword phrase is quoted from Aristophanes, Birds 807-8 (web address 1), and the entry draws on the corresponding scholia.
cf. epsiloniota 64 and omicron 992.
[1] Achilles (referring to his decision to lend Patroclus his own armour) in Aeschylus, Myrmidons fr. 139 Nauck. On this passage see Schlesinger 296 and Pollard 124.
Pollard, J.R.T., "Birds in Aeschylus", Greece & Rome 17/51 (1948) 116-127
Schlesinger, A.C., "Identification of Parodies in Aristophanes”, American Journal of Philology 58.3 (1937) 294-305
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; daily life; ethics; geography; imagery; military affairs; mythology; poetry; proverbs; trade and manufacture; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 7 September 2007@14:18:58.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaks, status) on 7 September 2007@18:58:17.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 September 2007@09:12:26.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link, added keyword) on 31 August 2010@11:46:54.
David Whitehead (tweaked headword; expanded n.1; cosmetics) on 12 August 2011@06:42:12.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 7 January 2014@06:10:28.
David Whitehead on 10 September 2016@08:03:48.


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