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Headword: Attagas noumêniôi
Adler number: alpha,4306
Translated headword: a partridge (joins) a woodcock
Vetting Status: high
A proverb applied to... [gloss incomplete].
Greek Original:
Attagas noumêniôi: paroimia epi ...
The headword phrase is attested in two syntactical forms: either, as here, the second noun is in the dative (with a singular verb either implicit, as here, or explicit) or else both are nominative with "came together." Either way, we obviously have here an ornithologically specific version of "birds of a feather flock together." See e.g. Diogenes Laertius 9.114.
For the birds in question see LSJ s.v.: the attagas (again alpha 4307) is defined there as a francolin (Tetrao orientalis), the noumenios as "perh. a kind of curlew." Note, however, the anthropomorphic explanation in the paroemiographer Diogenianus (re two collaborating thieves, A. of Thessaly and N. of Corinth).
Keywords: daily life; ethics; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 22 March 2002@10:50:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword; augmented note; added keyword) on 11 April 2002@04:05:48.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 27 July 2006@08:13:13.
David Whitehead (typo) on 19 July 2011@06:41:37.
David Whitehead on 27 April 2012@05:10:56.


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