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Headword: *deinoi\ ple/kein toi mhxana\s *ai)gu/ptioi
Adler number: delta,352
Translated headword: Egyptians (are) clever at crafting machines
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who are exceedingly knavish; for the Egyptians [were] such people.[1]
And Homer [writes]: "a terrible gale."[2] Such as, famous Hippodameia.
Greek Original:
*deinoi\ ple/kein toi mhxana\s *ai)gu/ptioi: e)pi\ tw=n sfo/dra kakourgota/twn: toiou=toi ga\r oi( *ai)gu/ptioi. kai\ *(/omhros: deino\s a)h/ths. w(s, kluto\s *(ippoda/meia.
[1] Zenobius 3.37. The headword phrase itself is Aeschylus fr. 373 Nauck (726 Mette).
[2] Homer, Iliad 2.742, 15.626. The added comment comes from the scholia to the first of these passages. (The fame of Hippodameia was in itself terrible: suitors for her hand had to compete with her father King Oinomaos [Author, Myth] in a chariot-race and were decapitated when they lost -- until Pelops won by cheating.)
Keywords: daily life; epic; ethics; geography; mythology; proverbs; tragedy; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 September 2002@01:42:55.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 10 September 2002@04:44:24.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 20 June 2012@08:39:41.
David Whitehead on 23 August 2013@07:35:46.
David Whitehead on 13 October 2015@04:47:08.


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