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Headword: Φάνου θύρα
Adler number: eta,655
Translated headword: the door of Phanos, the door of Phanus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Demon says[1] that Phanos was a usurer, and besides, he was blind. When the door of his treasury was being opened he prepared it such that no one might open it without making a noise. Some say that when his wife was cuckolding him he engineered the outer door so that it would not be opened without a sound. When she received her adulterous down through the roof, the neighbors jeered at people accomplishing nothing in safeguarding [themselves] and said it was "the door of Phanos".
Greek Original:
Ἡ Φάνου θύρα: τὸν Φάνον φησὶ Δήμων ὀβολοστάτην εἶναι, ἄλλως δὲ τυφλόν. ὑπανοιγομένης δὲ αὐτῷ τῆς τοῦ ταμιείου θύρας κατασκευάσαι τοιαύτην, ἣν οὐκ ἄν τις ἤνοιξε μὴ ψόφον ποιήσας. ἐνίους δὲ λέγειν, ὡς μοιχευομένης αὐτῷ τῆς γυναικός, τὴν αὔλειον θύραν εἰργάσατο ὡς μὴ ἄνευ ψόφου ἀνοίγεσθαι. τῆς δὲ κατὰ τοῦ στέγους δεχομένης τὸν μοιχόν, χλευάζοντας τοὺς γείτονας ἐπὶ τῶν μηδὲν ἀνυόντων ἐν τῷ φυλάττειν, τὴν Φάνου θύραν εἶναι λέγειν.
Notes:
Same entry in Photius (Lexicon eta299 Theodoridis); also in several of the paroemiographers.
Theodoridis regards the correct version of the name as Phanios/Phanius.
[1] Demon FGrH 327 F11.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; daily life; economics; gender and sexuality; historiography; medicine; proverbs; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 4 December 2000@09:43:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword) on 4 December 2000@12:08:27.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 15 June 2004@06:56:23.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 9 April 2010@09:34:28.
David Whitehead on 21 December 2012@06:23:39.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 26 December 2012@14:36:26.
David Whitehead (coding) on 23 April 2016@10:14:35.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr, at the prompting of Prof J C McKeown) on 10 September 2016@08:18:36.

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