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Headword: Εἰ τὸ μέσον κτήσαιο Κορίνθου καὶ Σικυῶνος
Adler number: epsiloniota,337
Translated headword: if you were to acquire the middle ground between Corinth and Sikyon
Vetting Status: high
When Aesop the mythographer consulted the oracle in regard to wealth the god answered with this pronouncement: "for this is productive land." And an oracle was given by Bakis the oracle-monger: "but when wolves and gray crows inhabit at the same time the [land] between Corinth and Sikyon." This is what he was riddling at: that even the city is founded between the sky and the earth; Cloudcuckooland, that is.
Greek Original:
Εἰ τὸ μέσον κτήσαιο Κορίνθου καὶ Σικυῶνος: Αἰσώπῳ τῷ μυθογράφῳ χρωμένῳ περὶ πλούτου ὁ θεὸς ἀνεῖλε τὸ λόγιον τοῦτο: εὔφορος γὰρ αὕτη ἡ χώρα. καὶ χρησμὸς ἐδόθη παρὰ Βάκιδος τοῦ χρησμολόγου: ἀλλ' ὅταν οἰκήσωσι λύκοι πολιαί τε κορῶναι ἐν ταὐτῷ τὸ μεταξὺ Κορίνθου καὶ Σικυῶνος. ᾐνίξατο τοῦτο, ὅτι καὶ ἡ πόλις μεταξὺ οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς ἵδρυται, ἤτοι ἡ Νεφελοκοκκυγία.
The headword phrase is a mildly garbled version of Aristophanes, Birds 968 (see web address 1); the body of the entry then follows the scholia there.
Since Corinth and Sikyon were neighbors (in the NE Peloponnese), there was no land 'between' them, so the phrase meant nowhere.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995) 545
J.Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle (Berkeley 1978) Q34
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: agriculture; biography; comedy; economics; geography; mythology; poetry; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 27 October 2002@13:04:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and bibliography; cosmetics) on 28 October 2002@03:16:18.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 December 2005@09:11:58.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 28 November 2012@06:33:17.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 10 May 2018@16:16:22.


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