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Headword: *ti/s ei)s a)napau/las
Adler number: tau,655
Translated headword: who (is going) to a rest?
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
These are queries and notices from Charon [Author, Myth] associated with his ferrying: "Who [is going] to a rest from evils" -- toils -- "and troubles?" "Who [is going] to the Plain of Lethe?" He has formed a spot in Hades thus described; also as the stone of Auainos. "Who [is going] to a donkey's shearings?" Thus they describe what is useless, since the shearings of the donkey are not useful. And the proverb is also uttered in the case of what is endless, just as we say "You are decorating a pot."[1] Things in Hades go on endlessly. Hence [the expression] "donkey's shearings" has been turned into a poetic metaphor.
Greek Original:
*ti/s ei)s a)napau/las: au(=tai porqmeutikai\ para\ *xa/rontos peu/seis kai\ khru/gmata: ti/s ei)s a)napau/las e)k kakw=n [po/nwn] kai\ pragma/twn; ti/s ei)s to\ *lh/qhs pedi/on; *lh/qhs pedi/on xwri/on diatetu/pwken e)n a(/|dou ou(/tw lego/menon: w(s kai\ to\n *au)ai/nou li/qon. ti/s ei)s o)/nou po/kas; ou(/tw le/gousi to\ a)/xrhston: ou)de\ ga\r ai( tou= o)/nou po/kai xrhsimeu/ousi. le/getai de\ h( paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n a)nhnu/twn: e)n w(=| tro/pw| fame\n xu/tran poiki/lleis: a)nh/nuta de\ kai\ ta\ e)n a(/|dou. dia\ tou=to ou)=n o)/nou po/kas a)nepla/sato poihtikw=s.
Notes:
From the fuller scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 185-6, where the headword phrase begins the series of questions explicated. Most of the material reappears as chi 135; and see also alpha 1998, omicron 399.
[1] cf. chi 610.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; mythology; poetry; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 28 November 2001@10:06:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 29 November 2001@03:31:25.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 November 2005@10:41:27.
David Whitehead on 13 January 2014@09:36:05.

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