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Headword: Χάρων
Adler number: chi,135
Translated headword: Charon
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Synonymous with] death.
And queries and announcements associated with his ferrying come from Charon [Author, Myth]: "Who [is going] to a rest from evils (toils) and troubles?" "Who [is going] to the Plain of Lethe?" He has formed a spot in Hades thus described, and also as the Stone of Auainos. "Who [is going] to a donkey's wool?" Thus they describe what is useless, since a donkey's wool is not useful. And the proverb is also uttered in the case of what is endless, just as we say "You are decorating a pot."[1] Things in Hades go on endlessly. Hence [the expression] "donkey's wool" has been turned into a poetic metaphor.
Greek Original:
Χάρων: ὁ θάνατος. καὶ πορθμευτικαὶ παρὰ Χάρωνος πεύσεις καὶ κηρύγματα: τίς εἰς ἀναπαύλας ἐκ κακῶν [πόνων] καὶ πραγμάτων; τίς εἰς τὸ Λήθης πεδίον; χωρίον διατετύπωκεν ἐν ᾅδου οὕτω λεγόμενον: ὡς καὶ τὸν Αὐαίνου λίθον. τίς εἰς ὄνου πόκας; οὕτω λέγουσι τὸ ἄχρηστον: οὐδὲ γὰρ τοῦ ὄνου πόκαι χρησιμεύουσι. λέγεται δὲ καὶ ἡ παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν ἀνηνύτων, ἐν ᾧ τρόπῳ φαμὲν χύτραν ποικίλλεις: ἀνήνυτα δὲ καὶ τὰ ἐν ᾅδου. διὰ τοῦτο οὖν ὄνου πόκας ἀνεπλάσατο ποιητικῶς.
Notes:
Apart from the initial gloss, this material is quoted from tau 655, where it draws on the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 185-6. See also chi 140.
[1] See chi 610.
Reference:
OCD(4) p.307, under Charon(1)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; imagery; mythology; poetry; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 28 November 2001@09:34:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and bibliography; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 28 November 2001@09:52:39.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 November 2005@10:26:01.
David Whitehead on 8 November 2013@05:47:31.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 August 2014@06:08:22.

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