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Headword: Ἐς ὕδωρ γράφειν
Adler number: epsilon,3238
Translated headword: to write on water
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those labouring in vain.
Greek Original:
Ἐς ὕδωρ γράφειν: ἐπὶ τῶν μάτην πονούντων.
Notes:
Apostolius 6.80, etc. Literary references to this proverb include ones in Sophocles (fr. 811 Radt) and Plato (Phaedrus 276C); cf. also Catullus 70.3-4 (mulier cupido quod dicit amanti ...rapida scribere oportet aqua). See generally Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.337.
See also epsiloniota 327 (and compare generically epsilon 3207 etc.).
Keywords: daily life; gender and sexuality; philosophy; poetry; proverbs; tragedy; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 May 2003@09:03:58.
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