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Headword: Εἰ μὴ ταχέως ἀπολώμεθα, οὐκ ἂν ἐσώθημεν
Adler number: epsiloniota,150
Translated headword: had we not perished so fast we would not have been saved
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Everyone then had the proverb on their lips.[1]
Those falling headlong [say it].[2]
Greek Original:
Εἰ μὴ ταχέως ἀπολώμεθα, οὐκ ἂν ἐσώθημεν: ἅπαντες δὲ τότε τὴν παροιμίαν διὰ στόματος εἶχον. οἱ κρημνιζόμενοι.
Notes:
[1] Polybius 38.18.12, on the Roman conquest of Greece in 146 BCE. For other versions of the proverb see Walbank's commentary ad loc. (3.717). The verb should probably be the aorist indicative ἀπωλόμεθα rather than the Suda's subjunctive.
[2] cf. Appendix Proverbiorum 2.14.
Keywords: daily life; historiography; history; military affairs; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 June 2005@09:40:42.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 27 June 2005@11:04:11.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 28 June 2005@03:33:03.
David Whitehead on 25 November 2012@08:33:54.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 27 December 2012@17:53:55.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2016@03:50:45.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, deleted link) on 13 April 2018@17:59:32.
Catharine Roth (revised my tweak) on 13 April 2018@23:04:37.

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