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Headword: *)aplhsti/a
Adler number: alpha,3230
Translated headword: insatiable desire
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] gluttony.[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "Insatiable Jar", the one in Hades, the perforated one.[2] In reference to those who eat a lot; from the myth of the Danaids, inasmuch as they used to draw and pour water into a jar.[3] The souls of the uninitiated suffer in respect of this jar.
Greek Original:
*)aplhsti/a: h( a)dhfagi/a. kai\ paroimi/a: *)/aplhstos pi/qos, o( e)n a(/|dou, o( tetrhme/nos. e)pi\ tw=n polla\ e)sqio/ntwn: a)po\ tou= peri\ ta\s *danai/+das mu/qou, par' o(/son a)nimw=sai e)kei=nai u(/dwr ei)s pi/qon e)/ballon. pa/sxousi de\ peri\ tou=ton to\n pi/qon ai( tw=n a)muh/twn yuxai/.
See LSJ entry at web address 1.
[1] cf., for the reverse, alpha 469.
[2] cf. Zenobius 2.6 (and epsiloniota 321, also pi 1578).
[3] cf. delta 58.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; food; imagery; mythology; proverbs; religion; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 July 2000@23:26:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 17 March 2001@09:06:15.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 17 March 2001@09:11:35.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 20 August 2002@04:33:20.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 April 2012@06:58:11.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 13 August 2013@14:02:15.
David Whitehead (small tweaks) on 19 August 2015@10:42:38.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 19 August 2015@12:58:24.
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