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Headword: *to\n *kolofw=na e)pi/qes
Adler number: tau,765
Translated headword: add the finishing touch
Vetting Status: high
Twelve cities of Ionia came together into the so-called Panion,[1] to deliberate on matters of common interest. And if ever the votes were equal, the Kolophonians deployed the special, winning [one]. This was because they embraced Smyrnaians who had come as fellow-settlers, and they cast the vote on their behalf. Hence the proverb is applied to a powerful, firm vote.
Greek Original:
*to\n *kolofw=na e)pi/qes: ib# po/leis th=s *)iwni/as sunh/|esan ei)s to\ *pa/nion lego/menon, peri\ tw=n koinw=n bouleuso/menai. kai\ ei)/ pote i)/sai ai( yh=foi e)ge/nonto, oi( *kolofw/nioi peritth\n e)ti/qento th\n nikw=san: *smurnai/ous ga\r e)lqo/ntas ei)=xon sunoi/kous: u(pe\r w(=n kai\ th\n yh=fon e)ti/qento. o(/qen e)pi\ th=s kratou/shs kai\ bebai/as yh/fou h( paroimi/a ei)/rhtai.
The proverb (Gregorius 3.74, Apostolius 16.92, etc.; again under tau 766) plays on the link -- lost in translation -- between the noun kolofw=n (kappa 1955) and the Ionian city of Kolophon (present-day Degirmendere; Barrington Atlas map 61 grid E1).
[1] Panionion, rather. See generally Herodotus 1.141-2. (The correction was made in the Suda editio princeps; Adler notes this but does not follow suit.)
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; geography; historiography; history; politics; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 December 2002@03:49:43.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 31 October 2004@01:35:57.
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 1 November 2004@03:08:05.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 14 August 2011@09:53:45.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 9 April 2014@09:51:26.


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