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Headword: *)exi=nos to\n to/kon a)naba/llh|
Adler number: epsilon,4009
Translated headword: a hedgehog would postpone childbirth
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. This proverbial phrase] is said in reference to things which, if postponed, become worse. For terrestrial hedgehogs seem, when spurred on, to hold back childbirth, then later [sc. when troubled] by harsher embryos to (?)escape something worse in the childbirth.
*)exi=nos [means] both the animal and the stomach of an ox.[2]
In the Epigrams [it is written]: "the hedgehog body, shaggy with sharp quills."[3] And elsewhere: "seeing the hedgehog carrying grape-clusters on its back, Komaulus killed it in this vineyard's drying-floor."[4]
Greek Original:
*)exi=nos to\n to/kon a)naba/llh|: le/getai e)f' w(=n to\ a)naba/llesqai pro\s xei/ronos gi/netai. kai\ ga\r oi( xersai=oi e)xi=noi dokou=si kentou/menoi a)ne/xein to\n to/kon, ei)=q' u(/steron u(po\ traxute/rwn tw=n e)mbru/wn ka/kion a)palla/ssein e)n tw=| to/kw|. *)exi=nos de\ kai\ to\ zw=|on, kai\ h( gasth\r tou= boo/s. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: o)ce/si laxnh/enta de/mas ke/ntroisin e)xi=non. kai\ au)=qis: kw/maulos to\n e)xi=non i)dw\n e)pi\ nw=ta fe/ronta r(a=gas a)pe/kteine tw=|d' e)pi\ qeilope/dw|.
Notes:
cf. generally epsilon 4010, epsilon 4011, epsilon 4012, epsilon 4013.
[1] Also in Photius; and cf. Diogenianus 4.91 and other paroemiographers.
[2] From the scholia to Nicander, Theriaca 579.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.45.1 (perhaps Leonidas of Tarentum).
[4] Greek Anthology 6.169.1-2 (author unknown); cf. kappa 2257, sigma 466.
Keywords: agriculture; botany; children; daily life; ethics; food; medicine; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 10 February 2008@18:24:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 February 2008@04:16:39.
David Whitehead (typo (mine)) on 12 February 2008@03:06:45.
Catharine Roth (tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 March 2012@18:15:38.
David Whitehead on 21 November 2012@05:05:59.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 27 January 2014@09:17:25.
David Whitehead on 22 March 2016@10:05:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 13 January 2020@00:25:18.

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