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Headword: *pro\s *krh=ta krhti/zwn
Adler number: pi,2745
Translated headword: speaking Cretan to a Cretan
Vetting Status: high
A proverb in reference to labouring in vain.[1]
Polybius [writes]: "he ignored the fact that, as the saying goes, he was speaking Cretan to a Cretan".[2]
Greek Original:
*pro\s *krh=ta krhti/zwn: paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n ma/thn ponou/ntwn. *polu/bios: o( de\ h)gno/ei to\ dh\ lego/menon pro\s *krh=ta krhti/zwn.
[1] For rather different understandings see kappa 2407 and pi 2717.
[2] Polybius 8.19.5 (on Achaeus and Bolis).
Keywords: biography; daily life; geography; historiography; history; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 October 2001@07:47:39.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 7 September 2004@17:22:16.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 8 September 2004@04:24:40.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 28 November 2011@07:14:18.


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