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Headword: *kau/nios e)/rws
Adler number: kappa,1138
Translated headword: Kaunian passion
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to improper desires; for the siblings Kaunos and Byblis had bad luck.
Greek Original:
*kau/nios e)/rws: e)pi\ tw=n mh\ katorqoume/nwn e)piqumiw=n: *kau=nos ga\r kai\ *bu/blis a)delfoi\ e)dustu/xhsan.
Mentioned by Aristotle, Rhetoric 1402b3: "one would not speak of 'Kaunian passion' unless there were some passions which were bad". Kaunos and his sister Byblis were incestuous lovers as well as siblings: see Ovid, Metamorphoses 9.454 (web address 1).
Proverbial in Apostolius 9.39 and other paroemiographers.
cf. already beta 586, kappa 317.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; poetry; proverbs; rhetoric; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 July 2001@03:50:58.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link) on 23 August 2003@16:37:33.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 24 August 2003@06:04:41.
David Whitehead on 11 February 2013@08:35:39.


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