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Headword: Ἐπὶ τὰ Μανδροβόλου
Adler number: epsilon,2659
Translated headword: on Mandrobolos' property
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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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