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Headword: Ἐς πῦρ ξαίνεις
Adler number: epsilon,3196
Translated headword: you are carding wool into the fire
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to impossible things.
Greek Original:
Ἐς πῦρ ξαίνεις: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀδυνάτων.
Note:
Or more exactly, to wasted effort: see epsiloniota 313. The proverb is used by Plato at Laws 780C and was duly collected by the paroemiographers (e.g. Zenobius 5.27).
Keywords: clothing; daily life; ethics; philosophy; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 May 2003@08:20:18.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Added keyword, set status) on 20 May 2003@09:00:59.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 2 July 2004@07:32:46.
David Whitehead on 31 October 2012@09:31:45.

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