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Headword: *tuflo/teros lebhri/dos
Adler number: tau,1217
Translated headword: more blind than serpent-skin
Vetting Status: high
['More blind than serpent-skin'[1] and 'more useless than serpent-skin';[2] both expressions are used. But leberis is, in effect, leperis. And lepostatai.[3] Also in reference to cicadas and all the [creatures] which shed old age.
Greek Original:
*tuflo/teros lebhri/dos kai\ *keno/teros lebhri/dos: a)mfo/tera le/getai. lebhri\s de\ oi(=on lephri/s. kai\ leposta/tai. kai\ e)pi\ tetti/gwn kai\ pa/ntwn tw=n to\ gh=ras a)poleipome/nwn.
Same entry in Photius (tau581 Theodoridis), taken to come from Pausanias the Atticist (tau54), and in several of the pareomiographers; cf. already gamma 491 and lambda 218, and generically tau 1216.
[1] Aristophanes fr. 25 Kock (33 K.-A.).
[2] Strattis [sigma 1178] fr. 10 Demianczuk, now part of 52 K.-A.
[3] Such a word is otherwise unattested and is surely corrupt. Porson's suggested emendation to kai\ le/pos ta/ttetai 'and a husk/scale is being applied' is applauded by Adler; see also Theodoridis' apparatus.
Leutsch, E.L. and F.G. Schneidewin (eds). Corpus Paroemiographorum Graecorum. vol. 1. Vandehoeck and Ruprecht Publ.: Gottingen, 1839
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; medicine; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Patrick Hogan on 3 August 2012@15:15:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 August 2012@05:34:32.
David Whitehead (expansions to notes; tweaking raised status) on 16 January 2014@07:56:56.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 January 2015@09:22:09.


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