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Headword: *ba/traxos e)k *seri/fou
Adler number: beta,190
Translated headword: a frog out of Seriphos
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those without a voice. Inasmuch as when the frogs in Seriphos were carried to Skyros they did not make a sound.
Greek Original:
*ba/traxos e)k *seri/fou: e)pi\ tw=n a)fw/nwn. paro/son oi( e)n *seri/fw| ba/traxoi komisqe/ntes ei)s *sku=ron ou)k e)fqe/ggonto.
cf. Diogenianus 3.44 and other paroemiographers.
Seriphos was a proverbially insignificant (cf. e.g. Plutarch, Themistocles 18 [web address 1]) little island in the south Aegean Sea. Skyros is a larger one -- though still, too, proverbially insignificant: alpha 4101 -- further north. Why Seriphian frogs should have been taken there, if they truly were, is beyond conjecture.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; geography; medicine; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 August 2001@05:37:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 2 September 2002@04:56:08.
William Hutton (added link, set status) on 5 July 2003@08:50:20.
David Whitehead on 23 May 2012@08:12:29.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 14 June 2012@00:19:43.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 February 2016@00:28:30.


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