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Headword: *)ostra/kou peristrofh/
Adler number: omicron,719
Translated headword: a potsherd's spin
Vetting Status: high
A proverb in reference to those doing something quickly.[1]
Eunapius [writes]: "as if on a potsherd's fall [he] advantageously advanced against [the] Romans".[2]
Greek Original:
*)ostra/kou peristrofh/: paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n taxe/ws ti poiou/ntwn legome/nh. *eu)na/pios: w(/sper o)stra/kou metapeso/ntos e)pi\ to\ be/ltion e)xw/rhse *(rwmai/ois.
[1] Likewise or similarly elsewhere (including several of the paroemiographers); references at Photius, Lexicon omicron571 Theodoridis. The phrase occurs in Plato, Republic 521C.
[2] Eunapius, Fragmenta historica (Dindorf) 1.216.14-16.
Keywords: biography; daily life; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 April 2003@09:42:38.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 17 April 2003@00:15:39.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 30 July 2013@04:22:11.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2016@04:56:31.


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