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Headword: *lu/kon ei)=des
Adler number: lambda,811
Translated headword: you saw a wolf
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to sudden astonishing occurrences.[1] "You might not be able to look back at him; instead, there if anywhere, the saying 'you would not speak, you saw a wolf'[2] seems to have been precisely said."[3]
Greek Original:
*lu/kon ei)=des: e)pi\ tw=n ai)fni/dion a)xanw=n ginome/nwn. su\ d' ou)k a)\n du/naio pro\s au)to\n a)ntible/pein, a)lla\ to\ lego/menon ou) fqe/gch|, lu/kon ei)=des, ei)/per a)/lloqi/ pou, ka)ntau=qa do/cei kuri/ws ei)rh=sqai.
[1] cf. Apostolius 10.89 and other paroemiographers, and the scholia to Theocritus (see next note).
[2] Theocritus, Idylls 14.22 -- where in fact these words are interrogative: 'Would you not speak? Did you see a wolf?'. See web address 1.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests the emperor Julian.)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 August 2007@06:28:07.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 20 August 2007@12:39:13.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 21 August 2007@03:03:21.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2013@07:00:33.
Catharine Roth (supplemented note) on 12 September 2013@18:10:47.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 12 September 2013@18:12:19.


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