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Headword: Ἐπὶ τὰ Μανδροβόλου
Adler number: epsilon,2659
Translated headword: on Mandrobolos' property
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those experiencing a turn for the worse. [Arising] from a certain Mandrobolos, who discovered the quarry in Samos:[1] at first he dedicated a golden ram,[2] then a silver one, then a smaller bronze one, and then no longer [made any dedications], according to Ephorus.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἐπὶ τὰ Μανδροβόλου: ἐπὶ τῶν εἰς τὰ χείρονα τρεπομένων. ἀπὸ Μανδροβόλου τινὸς τὸ ἐν Σάμῳ γεωφάνιον εὑρόντος καὶ πρῶτον μὲν κριὸν χρυσοῦν ἀναθέντος, ἔπειτα ἀργυροῦν, ἔπειτα χαλκοῦν ἐλάττονα, εἶτα οὐκέτι, ὡς Ἔφορος.
Notes:
cf. Zenobius 3.82, and see again under epsilon 2716.
[1] cf. gamma 174, and see generally G. Shipley, A History of Samos 800-188 BC (Oxford 1987) appendix 2; 'Samian Earth' seems to have been a kind of fuller's earth.
[2] A ram, because, according to a scholiast on Nicander's Alexipharmaka, this was the creature that accidentally found the deposits.
[3] Ephorus FGrH 70 F59b.
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 April 2003@05:05:49.
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