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Headword: Χύτραν τρέφειν
Adler number: chi,611
Translated headword: to keep a cooking-pot
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
They placed [sc. such pots] on their roofs, to stop owls coming.
Greek Original:
Χύτραν τρέφειν: ἐπὶ τῶν τεγῶν ἐτίθεσαν, ὅπως μὴ προσέρχωνται αἱ γλαῦκες.
Note:
Doubtless from the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 357-8 (web address 1), where such a practice may be mentioned; the reference has, however, puzzled ancient and modern commentators alike. See Dunbar 273-4.
Reference:
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; food; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 November 2001@05:23:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 6 September 2002@04:10:23.
William Hutton (added link, set status) on 15 July 2003@04:31:32.
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