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Headword: All' esthi' elthôn tous Megakleous kionas
Adler number: alpha,1143
Translated headword: but go and eat the pillars of Megacles
Vetting Status: high
As if he said the wealth [of Megacles]. He is indicating through these [words] that nothing was left to him, except the courtyard. Meaning the stones of Megacles' house. For these alone were left behind once he had eaten everything. The old man says this to his son. Aristophanes in Clouds [uses the phrase]. The saying [is used] in reference to those eating without restraint.
Greek Original:
All' esthi' elthôn tous Megakleous kionas: hôs [ei] eipe ton plouton. emphainei dia toutôn, hoti ouden autôi kateleiphthê, ei mê hê aulê. anti tou tous lithous tês Megakleous oikias. houtoi gar monoi kateleiphthêsan autôi panta phagonti. legei de ho presbutês pros ton huion. Aristophanês en Nephelais. epi tôn aneimenôs diaitômenôn ho logos.
Aristophanes, Clouds 815, with scholion.
For "pillars of Megacles" as a pun on "pillars of Heracles" see the note to mu 354.
Keywords: architecture; biography; comedy; economics; ethics; food; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 May 2000@16:00:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 28 January 2001@05:58:25.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@08:36:38.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 February 2012@04:43:09.


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