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Headword: *pri\n kai\ lu/kos o)/i+n poimaineu/sei
Adler number: pi,2291
Translated headword: sooner will even a wolf herd a sheep
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to something impossible.[1]
Or thus: "sooner would a wolf herd a sheep."[2]
Greek Original:
*pri\n kai\ lu/kos o)/i+n poimaineu/sei: e)pi\ tou= a)duna/tou. h)\ ou(/tw, pri/n ken o)/i+n lu/kos poimaineu/sei.
[1] For other proverbs involving wolves see lambda 815, lambda 816, lambda 817, lambda 818. For 'herd' see pi 3087.
[2] In some manuscripts only: an alternative version of the proverb (also in Apostolius 14.96) with ken instead of kai/ and a slightly different word-order.
Keywords: daily life; imagery; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 11 August 2004@00:13:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented and modified notes; added a keywords) on 11 August 2004@03:50:36.
David Whitehead on 3 November 2011@08:36:49.
David Whitehead on 14 October 2013@05:48:01.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 25 June 2014@12:32:01.


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