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Headword: Εἰς οὐρανὸν τοξεύειν
Adler number: epsiloniota,300
Translated headword: to shoot arrows into heaven
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those stubbornly doing something useless.
Greek Original:
Εἰς οὐρανὸν τοξεύειν: ἐπὶ τῶν διακενῆς κατ' αὐθάδειαν τὶ ποιούντων.
Note:
More usually (Zenobius 3.46, etc.) second-personal singular than this infinitive (a change of a single letter in the Greek).
Keywords: daily life; imagery; military affairs; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 November 2000@06:50:20.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note) on 30 July 2003@01:22:29.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 30 July 2003@03:13:37.
David Whitehead on 28 November 2012@03:49:03.

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