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Headword: Ἐν παντὶ μύθῳ καὶ τὸ Δαιδάλου μύσος
Adler number: epsilon,1421
Translated headword: in every myth (there is) also the defilement of Daedalus
Vetting Status: high
They say that Pasiphae was in love with a bull and begged Daedalus to make a wooden cow and rig it up and put her in it; and mounting her like a cow the bull made her pregnant. Out of her the Minotaur was born. Minos for certain reasons became angry with the Athenians and used to collect a tribute of seven virgins and an equal number of young men from them;[1] they were thrown to the beast. So since the origin and blame for these evils were attributed to Daedalus and he was loathed for them, he became the subject of the proverb.
Greek Original:
Ἐν παντὶ μύθῳ καὶ τὸ Δαιδάλου μύσος: Πασιφάην φασὶν ἐρασθεῖσαν ταύρου Δαίδαλον ἱκετεῦσαι ποιῆσαι ξυλίνην βοῦν καὶ κατασκευάσαντα αὐτὴν ἐνθεῖναι: ἣν ἐπιβαίνων ὡς βοῦν ὁ ταῦρος ἐγκύμονα ἐποίησεν. ἐξ ἧς ἐγεννήθη ὁ Μινώταυρος. Μίνως δὲ διά τινας αἰτίας ὀργιζόμενος τοῖς Ἀθηναίοις ἑπτὰ παρθένους καὶ ἴσους νέους ἐξ αὐτῶν ἐδασμολογεῖτο: οἳ παρεβάλλοντο τῷ θηρίῳ. εἰς Δαίδαλον οὖν ἀρχηγὸν τούτων τῶν κακῶν καὶ αἴτιον γενόμενον καὶ μυσαχθέντα ἐξηνέχθη εἰς παροιμίαν.
cf. Zenobius 4.6 and other paroemiographers. (There is wordplay, mythos/mysos, in the proverb itself which gets lost in translation.)
For Daedalus (Daidalos) cf. generally delta 106, delta 107, delta 108, delta 109, delta 110; for Pasiphae and the Minotaur cf. alphaiota 23.
[1] cf. delta 82.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; mythology; proverbs; science and technology; trade and manufacture; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 July 2000@20:08:17.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Modified translation.) on 19 September 2000@22:02:20.
William Hutton (Cosmetics) on 19 September 2000@23:55:20.
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 16 August 2001@07:40:52.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 17 January 2007@09:49:35.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 28 August 2012@09:29:19.


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