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Headword: *konna=s
Adler number: kappa,2027
Translated headword: Konnas, Connas
Vetting Status: high
A drunken aulos-player [of that name]. And [there is] a proverb:[1] "Konnas wearing a crown but dying of thirst." [It was he] who always came to drinking-parties wearing a wreath. Or because, although he was an Olympic victor, he was poor, having nothing but a wild olive tree.[2] Or because he was an excellent aulos-player, but poor, [and] many times crowned; for which reason Cratinus said, "Eat and give favor to your stomach, so that hunger may hate you, but Konnas the wreath-lover will love you."[3] [Aristophanes] is saying that although [Konnas] won so many victories, he was never held in honor.
Greek Original:
*konna=s: me/qusos au)lhth/s. kai\ paroimi/a: *konna=s ste/fanon me\n e)/xwn, di/yh| d' a)polwlw/s. o(\s ei)s ta\ sumpo/sia parh=n a)ei\ e)stemme/nos. h)\ o(/ti *)olumpioni/khs geno/menos pe/nhs h)=n, mhde\n e(/teron h)\ ko/tinon e)/xwn. h)\ o(/ti au)lhth\s h)=n a)/ristos, penixro/s, polla/kis stefanwqei/s: e)f' ou(= *krati=nos ei)=pen: e)/sqie kai\ sh=| gastri\ di/dou xa/rin, o)/fra se limo\s e)xqai/rh|, *konna=s de\ filoste/fano/s se filh/sei. le/gei de\ au)to\n tosau=ta nikh/santa mhde/pw tetimh=sqai.
Aristophanes, Knights 534 (web address 1), with scholion. See already under alpha 4576.
[1] The Suda often calls pithy lines from Aristophanes "proverbs"; in this instance, as in many others, they do not feature in the paroemiographers.
[2] cf. kappa 2159, kappa 2161.
[3] Cratinus fr. 317 Kock, now 349 K.-A.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: athletics; biography; botany; comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; food; meter and music; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 15 January 2009@18:04:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 January 2009@03:22:41.
David Whitehead on 11 March 2013@05:43:36.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 9 April 2013@01:50:24.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@08:41:02.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 2 May 2016@04:54:27.


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