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Headword: *boli/tou di/khn
Adler number: beta,367
Translated headword: case of a cow-pat
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase directed] toward those undertaking lawsuits over trivia. For the law of Solon punishes even those filching a cow-pat.[1]
Greek Original:
*boli/tou di/khn: pro\s tou\s e)pi\ mikroi=s di/kas u(pe/xontas. o( ga\r *so/lwnos no/mos kai\ tou\s bo/liton u(felome/nous kola/zei.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 658 (web address 1), where the the phrase "I was overcome by the cow-pats" (cf. beta 366) occurs.
See also Appendix Proverbiorum 1.58.
[1] This explanation is noteworthy in pointing to the severity of Solon's, rather than Draco's, laws; contrast e.g. Plutarch, Solon 17.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; biography; comedy; daily life; ethics; law; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 October 2000@05:01:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 2 September 2002@05:51:51.
William Hutton (added link, set status) on 6 July 2003@11:00:00.
David Whitehead (more notes and keywords) on 6 March 2011@07:52:22.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 31 May 2012@06:53:48.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link, coding) on 28 June 2012@01:50:44.
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