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Headword: *ti/ ou)k a)ph/gcw, i(/na *qh/bh|sin h(/rws ge/nh|
Adler number: tau,647
Translated headword: why don't you hang yourself so that you may become a hero at Thebes?
Vetting Status: high
Plato [sc. the comic poet] uses this [expression] in Menelaos: but [it is] contrary to the history; for those at Thebes who killed themselves were not thought worthy of any honor at all.
Greek Original:
*ti/ ou)k a)ph/gcw, i(/na *qh/bh|sin h(/rws ge/nh|: ke/xrhtai au)th=| *pla/twn e)n *menela/w|: para\ de\ th\n i(stori/an: oi( ga\r e)n *qh/bais e(autou\s diaxeirisa/menoi ou)d' h(stinosou=n timh=s h)ciou=nto.
Same entry in Photius (tau317 Theodoridis), taken to come from Pausanias the Atticist (tau31); also in several of the paroemiographers. The allusion, evidently, is to a religious rite, stemming from a specific (mythological or historical) episode.
[1] Plato Comicus fr. 75 Kock (77 K.-A.).
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; daily life; ethics; geography; history; mythology; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 January 2014@01:06:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 14 January 2014@03:32:16.


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