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Headword: Αἰγιεῖς οὔτε τρεῖς οὔτε τέσσαρες
Adler number: alphaiota,45
Translated headword: Aigians (are) neither three nor four
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to the excessively paltry. For the Aigians in Argos [Myth, Place], after they had beaten the Aitolians, asked the Pythia[1] who were [the best of Greeks]. She responded to them: "Aigians [are] neither three nor four, nor even tenth."[2]
Greek Original:
Αἰγιεῖς οὔτε τρεῖς οὔτε τέσσαρες: ἐπὶ τῶν ἄγαν εὐτελῶν. οἱ γὰρ ἐν Ἄργει Αἰγιεῖς νικήσαντες Αἰτωλοὺς ἠρώτων τὴν Πυθίαν, τίνες εἶεν. ἀνεῖλε δὲ αὐτοῖς: Αἰγιεῖς οὔτε τρεῖς οὔτε τέσσαρες, ἀλλ' οὐδὲ δεκαταῖοι.
cf. Zenobius 1.48 (with, geographically correctly, 'Aigians in Achaia' -- alphaiota 55) and other paroemiographers.
[1] The priestess (and mouthpiece) of Apollo at Delphi: pi 3127.
[2] cf. upsilon 108, where (as is more common) the community concerned is Megara.
J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle (Berkeley 1978) Q26.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 28 October 2002@11:30:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes, bibliography, keyword) on 29 October 2002@03:22:35.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented primary note; cosmetics) on 11 May 2012@05:09:37.
David Whitehead on 11 May 2012@05:31:59.
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