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Headword: *(/udran te/mnein
Adler number: upsilon,57
Translated headword: you are cutting off a hydra
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to things that are hopeless; for the story goes that when Herakles was fighting a hydra in Lerna which had a hundred heads, and as the heads were cut off more grew, he ordered Iolaos to burn the cut ones.
Greek Original:
*(/udran te/mnein: e)pi\ tw=n a)mhxa/nwn le/getai: i(storei=tai ga\r u(/dra| th=| e)n *le/rnh| e(katontakefa/lw| tugxanou/sh| maxo/menon *(hrakle/a, w(s tw=n temnome/nwn au)th=s kefalw=n a)nefu/onto plei/ous, keleu=sai *)iola/w| e)pikai/ein ta\s temnome/nas.
Plato, Republic 4.426E, via Photius upsilon20 Theodoridis (with other references there). Again at upsilon 58 (which draws on the scholia there); and cf. generally upsilon 56 = upsilon 67. For Iolaos see iota 411.
Keywords: daily life; geography; medicine; mythology; philosophy; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 December 2002@05:52:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 8 December 2002@12:07:15.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 13 June 2004@10:51:29.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2011@08:51:37.
David Whitehead on 18 November 2013@06:42:02.


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