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Headword: Αἰτναῖος κάνθαρος
Adler number: alphaiota,376
Translated headword: Etnaean dung-beetle
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the big [kind]. [So called] because the mountain too [is] big.[1]
They say that Aristaios was the only Giant to survive; the fire of heaven did not reach him, nor did Etna harm him.[2]
Greek Original:
Αἰτναῖος κάνθαρος: ὁ μέγας. διὸ καὶ τὸ ὄρος μέγα. Ἀρισταῖον μόνον τὸν γίγαντα περισωθῆναί φασι, καὶ οὔτε πῦρ οὐράνιον ἐπ' αὐτὸν ἦλθεν, οὔτε Αἴτνη πιέζει αὐτόν.
Notes:
[1] The headword phrase occurs in (e.g.) fragments of Sophocles and Aristophanes: see LSJ s.v. κάνθαρος ; cf. Diogenianus 1.59 and other paroemiographers.
[2] Aelian fr. 215b Domingo-Forasté (214 Hercher). For Aristaios see already alpha 3898. For Etna cf. alphaiota 373, alphaiota 374, alphaiota 375.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; geography; mythology; proverbs; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 October 2000@10:05:51.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 4 September 2002@23:29:44.
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