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Headword: *au)to/s ti nu=n drw=n, ei)=ta tou\s qeou\s ka/lei
Adler number: alpha,4525
Translated headword: do something now (and) then call upon the gods
Vetting Status: high
The same as, "even with Athena (you must) move your hands."
[sc. The latter is] a proverb suggesting that one should not sit around idle [relying] on expectations of the gods. It is applied to women, and especially those that should be working.
Greek Original:
*au)to/s ti nu=n drw=n, ei)=ta tou\s qeou\s ka/lei: o(moi/a th=|, su\n *)aqhna=| kai\ xei=ras ki/nei. paroimi/a e)pi\ tou= mh\ xrh=nai e)pi\ tai=s tw=n qew=n e)lpi/si kaqhme/nous a)rgei=n. ti/qetai de\ e)pi\ gunaikw=n, kai\ ma/lista o)feilousw=n e)rga/zesqai.
See again at sigma 1428, and cf. tau 598. The present headword phrase, an iambic trimeter, is a version of Euripides fr. 432 Nauck (which has dai/monas, not the Suda's tou\s qeou/s). Cf. "God helps those who help themselves."
Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1290.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; meter and music; poetry; proverbs; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 August 2001@03:01:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 6 August 2001@04:10:30.
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 18 January 2005@00:34:18.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 3 May 2012@09:48:00.
David Whitehead on 16 August 2012@10:21:01.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 21 December 2015@22:19:47.
David Whitehead (modified hw and tr, at the prompting of Prof J C McKeown) on 10 September 2016@08:56:26.


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