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Headword: Ἐν πίθῳ τὴν κεραμίαν μανθάνειν
Adler number: epsilon,1426
Translated headword: to learn the potter's craft on a wine-jar
Vetting Status: high
A proverbial saying in reference to those going beyond their first lessons and clutching at greater things. That is, disregarding their first lessons and striving for the final ones.
Greek Original:
Ἐν πίθῳ τὴν κεραμίαν μανθάνειν: παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν τὰς πρώτας μὲν μαθήσεις ὑπερβαινόντων, ἁπτομένων δὲ τῶν μειζόνων. τουτέστι τῶν παριέντων τὰς πρώτας μαθήσεις καὶ ἐφιεμένων τῶν τελευταίων.
This proverb -- of those running before they can walk -- appears in e.g. Plato (Laches 187B, with scholion; Gorgias 514E); cf. also Zenobius 3.65 and other paroemiographers.
Keywords: daily life; philosophy; proverbs; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 April 2003@09:55:07.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 26 June 2003@00:29:20.
David Whitehead (corrected my own typo) on 26 June 2003@03:04:39.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 17 January 2007@09:59:02.
David Whitehead on 29 August 2012@03:57:02.
David Whitehead on 13 January 2016@03:47:16.


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