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Headword: Ἡφαίστειος δεσμός
Adler number: eta,657
Translated headword: Hephaistian chain, Hephaestian chain
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to what is inescapable.[1]
"He was seized by afflictions -- as if by Hephaistian chains -- unbreakable, indissoluble, and he remained stuck in them; they were sex-mania and drunkenness and greed".[2]
Greek Original:
Ἡφαίστειος δεσμός: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀφύκτων. ὁ δὲ συγκατειλημμένος πάθεσιν, ὥσπερ Ἡφαιστείοις δεσμοῖς, ἀρρήκτοις, ἀλύτοις, ἔμενέ γε ἐν αὐτοῖς ἔμπεδον: τὰ δὲ ἦν ἐρωτομανία καὶ μέθη καὶ πλεονεξία.
Notes:
[1] Appendix Proverbiorum 3.16, etc.
[2] Eunapius fr.84 FHG (4.51); see more fully at alpha 3752.
Keywords: biography; daily life; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; mythology; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 August 2005@07:08:14.
Vetted by:
Antonella Ippolito (set status) on 25 August 2005@22:46:06.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 26 August 2005@04:35:01.
David Whitehead on 21 December 2012@06:26:13.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2016@10:15:17.

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