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Headword: *pro/basis
Adler number: pi,2329
Translated headword: abundance of cattle
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the possession of grazing animals.[1]
Homer [writes]: "both valuables and abundance of cattle."[2]
Also [there is] a proverb: "no benefit in flocks, if the herdsman should be away;"[2] in reference to necessity.[3]
Greek Original:
*pro/basis: h( tw=n boskhma/twn kth=sis. *(/omhros: keimh/lia/ te pro/basi/n te. kai\ paroimi/a: *proba/twn ou)de\n o)/felos, e)a\n o( poimh\n a)ph=|: e)pi\ tou= a)nagkai/ou.
For this sense of the headword noun probasis (which has several others), see LSJ s.v., I.
[1] Likewise in Photius (pi1183 Theodoridis) and other lexica, including Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon; also the scholia to the Homeric phrase about to be quoted.
[2] Homer, Odyssey 2.75 (web address 1).
[3] Diogenianus 7.58 (and other paroemiographers); Tosi [see under alpha 378] no.221, with other versions.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; epic; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 1 October 2009@12:08:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 2 October 2009@03:09:07.
David Whitehead (added primary note) on 7 November 2011@07:51:10.
David Whitehead (augmented n.3) on 14 August 2012@10:06:23.
David Whitehead on 14 October 2013@06:49:47.


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