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Headword: Atreôs ommata
Adler number: alpha,4385
Translated headword: Atreus' eyes
Vetting Status: high
That is, pitiless and harsh [ones]. The saying comes from the transgression of Atreus, who as a result of slander suspected that his brother Thyestes was seducing his wife Aerope. He cut up and boiled Thyestes' children and served them to their father at dinner, providing him with a sense of his misfortune by serving him their extremities last.
Greek Original:
Atreôs ommata: hoion atrepta kai sklêra. eirêtai de apo tês Atreôs paranomias, hos huponoêsas ek diabolês ton adelphon Thuestên moicheuein Aeropên tên gunaika autou, ta tekna tou Thuestou sunkopsas kai hepsêsas deipnounti parethêke tôi patri, aisthêsin paraschôn tês sumphoras ek tou teleutaia ta akra paratheinai.
Zenobius 2.34.
OCD(4) 201, s.v. Atreus
Keywords: children; daily life; definition; ethics; food; imagery; medicine; mythology; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 November 2000@13:02:11.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified transation) on 19 November 2000@00:51:34.
David Whitehead (added note, bibliography, keyword; cosmetics) on 9 June 2002@08:23:25.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 16 November 2005@08:04:47.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 29 April 2012@05:11:28.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 31 July 2014@04:39:55.


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