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Headword: *)=w nu=n qermoi\ bwmoi/
Adler number: omega,125
Translated headword: o altars now hot
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to things that enthusiasm brings about. Aristophanes in Lemnian Women [write]: "the mightiest goddess, whose altar is now hot".[1] He is intimating that amongst the Athenians some foreign gods were constantly being honoured.
Greek Original:
*)=w nu=n qermoi\ bwmoi/: e)pi\ tw=n dia\ spoudh=s tugxano/ntwn. *)aristofa/nhs de\ e)n *lhmni/ais: th\n krati/sthn dai/mona, h(=s nu=n qermo\s e)/sq' o( bwmo/s. mhnu/sei, o(/ti a)ei/ tines para\ toi=s *)aqhnai/ois ce/noi qeoi\ e)timw=nto.
The character of this entry, with its 'in reference to...' gloss, does suggest that the headword phrase is proverbial. It is not in the standard paroemiographic collections, but compare generally Eunapius, Lives of the Sophists 3.1.3, tou/tou *Plwti/nou qermoi\ bwmoi\ nu=n.
[1] Aristophanes fr. 365 Kock, now 381 K.-A. (The goddess in question is probably Artemis, the most important deity on Lemnos.)
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; ethics; imagery; philosophy; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 31 December 2003@07:20:25.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 2 April 2004@01:20:02.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 16 June 2004@09:11:53.
David Whitehead (another note) on 1 November 2013@04:30:46.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 10 December 2014@02:05:44.
David Whitehead on 22 December 2014@08:00:22.


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