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Headword: Εἰς τέφραν γράφειν
Adler number: epsiloniota,314
Translated headword: to write on ashes
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to impossible things.[1] "I think I should write his oaths on ashes, as the proverb says."[2]
Greek Original:
Εἰς τέφραν γράφειν: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀδυνάτων. ἐγὼ δὲ τοὺς ὅρκους αὐτοῦ, τὸ τῆς παροιμίας, οἶμαι δεῖν εἰς τέφραν γράφειν.
Notes:
[1] cf. epsilon 3207.
[2] Julian, Epistle to the Athenians p. 286cd.
Keywords: biography; daily life; history; imagery; proverbs; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 5 July 2005@23:12:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 7 July 2005@03:44:34.
Catharine Roth (inserted note numbers) on 7 July 2005@12:00:54.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 28 November 2012@05:28:56.

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