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Headword: *tiqwnou= gh=ras
Adler number: tau,578
Translated headword: Tithonus' old age
Vetting Status: high
A proverb.[1] It is applied to the long-lived and very old. The story goes that Tithonus, keen to shed his old age, was turned into a cicada.[2]
Aristophanes [writes]: 'tearing and harassing and confounding a Tithonus-man'.[3]
Greek Original:
*tiqwnou= gh=ras: paroimi/a. e)pi\ tw=n poluxroni/wn kai\ u(pergh/rwn ta/ssetai. i(storei=tai de\ o(/ti o( *tiqwno\s e)piqumi/a| tou= to\ gh=ras e)kdu/sasqai ei)s te/ttiga mete/balen. *)aristofa/nhs: a)/ndra *tiqwno\n spara/ttwn kai\ tara/ttwn kai\ kukw=n.
[1] See Zenobius 6.18 and other paroemiographers.
[2] cf. kappa 497 (and for cicadas generally tau 377, tau 378).
[3] Aristophanes, Acharnians 688 (web address 1); cf. alpha 2159.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; mythology; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 April 2003@04:13:25.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 19 October 2004@01:25:53.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 19 October 2004@03:08:39.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 14 August 2011@06:56:01.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 19 September 2011@23:00:00.


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