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Headword: Aniptois posin
Adler number: alpha,2477
Translated headword: with unwashed feet
Vetting Status: high
Meaning with unready [feet], and without any preparation.[1]
And [there is] a proverb: 'climbing up the roof with unwashed feet',[2] in reference to those coming ignorantly to some deeds and transactions.[3]
And Homer [writes]: "feet-unwashed, ground-sleepers."[4]
Greek Original:
Aniptois posin: anti tou anetoimois, kai chôris tinos paraskeuês. kai paroimia: Aniptois posin anabainôn epi to stegos, epi tôn amathôs epi tina erga kai praxeis aphiknoumenôn. kai Homêros: aniptopodes, chamaieunai.
[1] Similarly ('without any care') in other lexica; references in Photius alpha2007 Theodoridis.
[2] See e.g. Lucian, Pseudologista 4.
[3] Zenobius 1.95, etc.; Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.651, with lavish parallels.
[4] Homer, Iliad 16.235 (of the Selloi: web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; epic; ethics; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 July 2000@08:55:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 9 March 2001@03:50:31.
Catharine Roth (Adjusted link.) on 9 March 2001@18:53:02.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword) on 13 August 2002@03:44:26.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 March 2012@08:50:06.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2012@08:15:35.
David Whitehead on 22 August 2013@07:43:26.


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