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Headword: *tau)to\n e)poi/hse toi=s qhrw=si ta\s e)gxe/lus
Adler number: tau,187
Translated headword: [he] did the same as those hunting eels
Vetting Status: high
Using the leaf of the fig-tree and stirring up the mud they catch their game. And that man confuses the public affairs and mixes [them] up, wanting to jumble up both his brothers and the leading figures together into the same [place].
Greek Original:
*tau)to\n e)poi/hse toi=s qhrw=si ta\s e)gxe/lus: oi(\ tw=| qri/w| th=s kra/dhs prosxrw/menoi kai\ to\n bo/rboron a)natara/cantes th=s qh/ras tugxa/nousi. ka)kei=nos sugxei= ta\ dhmosi/a kai\ a)nafura=|, boulo/menos tou/s te a)delfou\s kai\ tou\s proesthko/tas ei)s tau)to\ sumbalei=n.
Valckenaer attributed this passage to Aelian, rashly according to Bernhardy, who recognized an imitation (with commentary) of Aristophanes, Knights 864. There the sausage-seller, addressing Kleon (kappa 1731) says "your experience has been just like the hunters of eels: when the lake is still, they catch nothing, but if they stir the mud up and down, they take".
Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; daily life; imagery; politics; proverbs; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: James Inman on 6 March 2014@15:37:22.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added a note and a keyword, set status) on 7 March 2014@01:03:11.
Catharine Roth (rearrangement) on 7 March 2014@01:07:41.
David Whitehead (augmented note; more keywords; cosmetics; raised status) on 7 March 2014@04:40:55.


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