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Headword: Εἰς τετρημένον πίθον ἀντλεῖν
Adler number: epsiloniota,315
Translated headword: to draw water into a perforated jar
Vetting Status: high
The proverb is used because of the myth about the Danaids, inasmuch as they drew water into [such] a jar. The souls of the uninitiated suffer [in the same way] where this jar is concerned.
Greek Original:
Εἰς τετρημένον πίθον ἀντλεῖν: εἴρηται ἡ παροιμία ἀπὸ τοῦ περὶ τὰς Δαναί̈δας μύθου, παρ' ὅσον ἀνιμῶσαι ἐκεῖναι ὕδωρ εἰς πίθον ἔβαλλον. πάσχουσι δὲ περὶ τοῦτον τὸν πίθον αἱ τῶν ἀμυήτων ψυχαί.
Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1891. See also alpha 3230, epsiloniota 321.
For Danaus and his fifty daughters, the Danaids, see delta 58, alpha 3230, and OCD(4) 412. For 'uninitiated' cf. alpha 1670, mu 1385, mu 1386.
Keywords: daily life; mythology; proverbs; religion; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 February 2002@03:36:35.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 1 March 2002@10:53:12.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 19 October 2003@06:04:42.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2012@06:09:39.
David Whitehead on 28 November 2012@05:31:19.
David Whitehead on 3 August 2014@05:59:39.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 1 May 2018@01:25:03.
Catharine Roth (another cross-reference) on 1 May 2018@01:28:26.


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