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Headword: Αἰθέρα νήνεμον ἐρέσσεις
Adler number: alphaiota,114
Translated headword: you are rowing the windless aether
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who labor in vain.
Greek Original:
Αἰθέρα νήνεμον ἐρέσσεις: ἐπὶ τῶν μάτην πονούντων.
Zenobius 1.39.
For this type of proverb cf. (e.g.) alpha 1399, alpha 1400, alpha 2261, gamma 508, alphaiota 125, epsilon 384, epsilon 591, epsilon 3207, epsilon 3238, epsiloniota 326, epsiloniota 327, kappa 129, pi 2044, pi 2745, tau 769, phi 39.
For the adjective νήνεμος , see nu 319.
Keywords: daily life; imagery; proverbs; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 October 2002@20:36:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword) on 31 October 2002@03:44:22.
David Whitehead on 14 May 2012@04:29:34.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 23 November 2015@05:19:58.
Catharine Roth (another cross-reference) on 24 November 2015@00:33:33.


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