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Headword: *dia\ daktuli/ou dei= se e(lkusqh=nai
Adler number: delta,536
Translated headword: you must have been dragged through a ring
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who become thin and withered because of disease or distress.
Greek Original:
*dia\ daktuli/ou dei= se e(lkusqh=nai: e)pi\ tw=n dia\ no/son h)\ lu/phn leptw=n kai\ i)sxnw=n ginome/nwn.
Zenobius 3.18; cf. Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 1036 (web address 1), and more generally Shakespeare, Henry IV Part I, act 2, scene 4: "When I was about thy years, Hal, I was not an eagle's talon in the waist; I could have crept into any alderman's thumb-ring".
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; medicine; proverbs
Translated by: Meredith Grau on 20 January 2004@18:07:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added keywords, set status) on 20 January 2004@19:50:33.
Catharine Roth (modified headword translation, added note and link) on 21 January 2004@00:31:29.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 21 January 2004@03:00:27.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 21 July 2011@22:12:28.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 27 June 2012@08:54:23.


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