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Headword: *kanqa/rou mela/nteros
Adler number: kappa,311
Translated headword: blacker than a dung-beetle
Vetting Status: high
A proverb. Menander in Treasury [sc. uses it].[1]
Also: 'wiser than a dung-beetle', in reference to villains and degenerates.[2]
Greek Original:
*kanqa/rou mela/nteros: paroimi/a. *me/nandros *qhsaurw=|. kai\ *kanqa/rou sofw/teros, e)pi\ tw=n ponhrw=n kai\ kakoh/qwn.
For the dung-beetle see already kappa 310.
[1] Menander fr. 239 Kock, 202 K.-Th., 180 K.-A.; also in Photius, and in several of the paroemiographers.
[2] Zenobius 4.65, etc.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 July 2006@06:20:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 13 July 2006@11:49:43.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 14 July 2006@02:58:47.
David Whitehead on 27 January 2013@04:16:24.
David Whitehead on 27 January 2013@04:19:58.
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