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Headword: Αἴξ
Adler number: alphaiota,235
Translated headword: goat
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[αἴξ ], [genitive] αἰγός .[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "the nanny-goat giving the knife."[2] For as the Corinthians were sacrificing to Hera Akraia, [whose cult] Medea is said to have established, the hired men[3] hiding the knife in the nearby earth claimed that they had forgotten it. But the goat dug it up with her feet.
Greek Original:
Αἴξ, αἰγός. καὶ παροιμία: Ἡ αἲξ δοῦσα τὴν μάχαιραν. Κορινθίων γὰρ Ἥρᾳ Ἀκραίᾳ θυόντων, ἣν λέγεται ἱδρῦσαι Μήδειαν, οἱ ἐν τῇ παρόχῳ μεμισθωμένοι γῇ κρύψαντες τὴν μάχαιραν ἐσκήπτοντο ἐπιλελῆσθαι. ἡ δὲ αἲξ αὐτὴν τοῖς ποσὶν ἀνεσκάλευσεν.
Notes:
cf. alphaiota 69, alphaiota 236.
[1] Similarly in other lexica and grammars.
[2] Zenobius 1.27 has a fuller version of what follows. See also Hesychius alpha2012 and Photius s.v. 'the nanny-goat'.
[3] Adler reports that ms F has not μεμισθωμένοι but μεμυστωμένοι , "initiates". Zenobius, though, has the periphrasis "some of the hired men who had brought [it]".
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; geography; mythology; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 October 2002@23:23:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 7 October 2002@03:20:38.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another note; more keywords) on 15 May 2012@06:50:00.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 28 November 2015@09:13:08.

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