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Headword: *pro/teron xelw/nh paradramei=tai to\n dasu/poun
Adler number: pi,2875
Translated headword: sooner will a tortoise outrun the rough-foot
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to impossible things.[1]
And 'sooner will it rain blood' [sc. is used likewise].[2]
Greek Original:
*pro/teron xelw/nh paradramei=tai to\n dasu/poun: e)pi\ tw=n a)duna/twn. kai\ pro/teron ai(=ma u(/sei.
[1] The 'rough-foot' is the hare: see delta 86, where this proverb appears. See generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1902.
[2] (A marginal addition in ms. A.) Adler tentatively attributed this to Symeon Metaphrastes, but its only attestation -- as another proverbial phrase about the impossible -- is in Eustathius' Commentary on the Odyssey (2.241.41), which is post-Suda.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 February 2010@09:44:25.
Vetted by:
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