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Headword: *mh\ ki/nei *kama/rinan
Adler number: mu,904
Translated headword: do not move Kamarina
Vetting Status: high
They say that a lake lies near the city of Kamarina,[1] sharing its name. When the men of Kamarina wanted to drain it, the god[2] commanded them: "do not move Kamarina". They, however, disobeyed the god and suffered harm. This gave rise to the proverb, in reference to those on the verge of doing something harmful to themselves. Some, though, say that there is an evil-smelling plant [called] the kamare, branches of which, when shaken, smell rather unpleasant.
Greek Original:
*mh\ ki/nei *kama/rinan: li/mnhn fhsi\ th=| *kamari/nh| po/lei parakeime/nhn, o(mw/numon au)th=|, h(\n boulome/nois toi=s *kamarinai/ois metoxeteu=sai e)/xrhsen o( qeo/s: mh\ ki/nei *kama/rinan. oi( de\ tou= qeou= parakou/santes e)bla/bhsan. o(/qen h( paroimi/a ei)/rhtai e)pi\ tw=n kaq' e(autw=n blaberw=s ti poiei=n mello/ntwn. tine\s de/ fasi futo\n dusw=des ei)=nai th\n kama/rhn, ou(= tou\s kla/dous diaseiome/nous a)hde/steron o)/zein.
From Zenobius 5.18; other sources in Fontenrose, below.
For other 'do not move' proverbs see mu 905, mu 906.
[1] On the SW coast of Sicily; see kappa 275.
[2] Apollo, evidently. See Fontenrose, pp.85-6 and 328 (Q183).
J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle: its responses and operations with a catalogue of responses (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1978)
Keywords: aetiology; botany; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; proverbs; religion; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 July 2001@09:04:13.
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William Hutton (cosmetics, modified translation, added keyword, set status) on 6 October 2003@15:31:51.
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