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Headword: Εἰς τὸν τετρημένον
Adler number: epsiloniota,321
Translated headword: into the perforated
Vetting Status: high
It leaves out 'to draw water' [and] 'jar'. [The proverb] is applied to those putting effort into something empty. For a myth has it that in the underworld the impious draw water into a perforated jar.
Greek Original:
Εἰς τὸν τετρημένον: λείπει πίθον ἀντλεῖν. τάσσεται δὲ ἐπὶ τῶν εἰς κενὸν πονούντων. καὶ γὰρ μυθεύουσιν ἐν ᾅδου τοὺς ἀσεβεῖς εἰς πίθον τετρημένον ἀντλεῖν.
For the myth see under epsiloniota 315; for the proverb Xenophon, Oeconomicus 7.40; Apostolius 6.79, etc.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; imagery; mythology; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 February 2002@03:39:03.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 1 March 2002@10:52:01.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 19 October 2003@06:09:04.
David Whitehead on 28 November 2012@05:52:43.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 1 December 2012@01:58:13.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2016@06:43:48.


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