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Headword: *(/apanta ga/r toi brwta\ poliorkoume/nois
Adler number: alpha,2901
Translated headword: for all things are food to the besieged
Vetting Status: high
The saying [is] in reference to necessity. For the besieged often grasp even at things they should not.[1]
Greek Original:
*(/apanta ga/r toi brwta\ poliorkoume/nois: e)pi\ tou= a)nagkai/ou o( lo/gos. oi( ga\r poliorkou/menoi polla/kis kai\ w(=n ou) dei= a(/ptontai.
The proverb in this form (Arsenius 3.58a has an abbreviated one, with no gloss) is a line of hexameter iambic verse.
[1] An oblique reference to cannibalism.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; food; military affairs; meter and music; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 November 2000@20:45:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; modified keywords; cosmetics) on 30 November 2000@03:07:16.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 16 August 2002@10:20:09.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 23 March 2012@05:40:03.
David Whitehead on 2 August 2015@09:09:16.


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