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Headword: *yu/ra to\n *dio/nuson a)/gontes
Adler number: psi,155
Translated headword: Psyra celebrating Dionysos
Vetting Status: high
The proverb [sc. occurs] in Cratinus.[1] Psyra is a poor and small island near Chios,[2] which cannot produce wine. So we utter the proverb in reference to people who are reclining at a symposium but not drinking. It has also been applied to [sc. other] things which display poverty.
Greek Original:
*yu/ra to\n *dio/nuson a)/gontes: h( paroimi/a para\ *krati/nw|. ta\ de\ *yu/ra eu)telh\s nh=so/s e)sti kai\ mikra\ plhsi/on *xi/ou, mh\ duname/nh oi)=non e)negkei=n. le/gomen ou)=n th\n paroimi/an e)pi\ tw=n e)n sumposi/w| a)nakeime/nwn kai\ mh\ pino/ntwn. le/lektai de\ kai\ e)pi\ tw=n eu)te/leian shmaino/ntwn.
See Appendix Proverbiorum 5.39 and other paroemiographers (but without the Suda's participle).
[1] Cratinus fr. 352 Kock, now 347 K.-A.
[2] Barrington Atlas map 56 grid B4.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food; geography; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 December 2005@09:23:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 21 December 2005@12:14:51.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 22 December 2005@03:14:52.
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David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@09:43:13.
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