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Headword: *go/nu knh/mhs e)/ggion
Adler number: gamma,383
Translated headword: the knee is closer than the shin
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverb used] in reference to those who love others more than themselves.[1]
But some [say that it is used] in reference to those obliged to provide for their relatives. Since the knee [is] closer.
Greek Original:
*go/nu knh/mhs e)/ggion: e)pi\ tw=n e(autw=n ma=llon e(te/rous a)gapw/ntwn. e)/nioi de\ e)pi\ tw=n o)feilo/ntwn pare/xein toi=s prosh/kousin. e)pei\ e)ggu/teron to\ go/nu.
[1] In Zenobius (3.2) the explanation is reversed: 'those who love themselves more than ...'; also has hetairoi ('companions') instead of heteroi ('others').
Keywords: daily life; ethics; imagery; medicine; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 July 2002@09:10:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 17 July 2002@07:19:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 10 June 2012@07:49:16.
David Whitehead (modified tr; expanded note) on 19 September 2021@04:22:28.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 20 September 2021@12:51:17.


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