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Headword: *(o *karpa/qios to\n lagw|o/n
Adler number: omicron,105
Translated headword: the Karpathian (brought in) the hare
Vetting Status: high
They say that the Karpathians, being islanders,[1] brought in a hare, because they did not have [any] in their territory. But the hares became numerous and ruined their agriculture.
So the proverb is applied to those devising something to their own detriment.
Greek Original:
*(o *karpa/qios to\n lagw|o/n: fasi\n o(/ti oi( *karpa/qioi nh=son oi)kou=ntes e)phga/gonto lagw|o/n, ou)k e)/xontes e)n th=| xw/ra|. oi( de\ polloi\ geno/menoi ta\ gew/rgia au)tw=n e)lumai/nonto. ei)/rhtai ou)=n h( paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n kaq' e(autw=n ti e)pinooume/nwn.
cf. lambda 30 and omicroniota 121; both say that a plurality of hares were introduced, which is surely correct.
[1] The island of Karpathos, present-day Scarpanto, lies between Rhodes and Crete. See generally OCD4 Carpathos.
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; daily life; ethics; geography; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 October 2001@06:32:08.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 8 October 2001@17:48:22.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 17 September 2002@09:35:51.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 2 October 2005@11:20:44.
David Whitehead on 23 June 2013@07:38:11.
David Whitehead on 6 August 2014@02:55:41.
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