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Headword: Γυμνότερος Ἰαλέμου
Adler number: gamma,491
Translated headword: more naked than a Ialemos
Vetting Status: high
The Ἰάλεμος [is] a nickname of a dirge. [The proverb] is applied in reference to pitiful people/things.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "more naked than a pestle and a slough", though Aristophanes [says] "more blind". For it [sc. the slough] is the skin and the shedding of the snake and the cicada, from the 'husk' [λεπίς ]. Properly, however, [it is] the membrane with which the fetus of a cow is surrounded. This is also 'blind': because it only has the appearance of eyes. They express the proverb in three ways: 'more blind', 'more empty', and 'more naked'.[2]
Greek Original:
Γυμνότερος Ἰαλέμου: ὁ Ἰάλεμος ἐπίρρημα θρήνου. τάσσεται δὲ ἐπὶ τῶν οἰκτρῶν. καὶ Γυμνότερος ὑπέρου καὶ λεβηρίδος. Ἀριστοφάνης δὲ τυφλότερος. ἔστι δὲ τὸ σῦφαρ καὶ ἔκδυμα τοῦ ὄφεως καὶ τοῦ τέττιγος, παρὰ τὴν λεπίδα. κυρίως δὲ, ᾧ περιέχεται τὸ ἔμβρυον τοῦ βοός. ἔστι δὲ τοῦτο καὶ τυφλόν: τὰς γὰρ ὀπὰς μόνας ἔχει τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν. τριχῆ δὲ ἀναγράφουσι τὴν παροιμίαν, τυφλότερος, κενότερος καὶ γυμνότερος.
[1] Zenobius 4.39, etc. For Ialemos, claimed by some to be a son of Kalliope (kappa 234), and another proverb involving him see iota 17.
[2] Zenobius 2.95, etc.; cf. lambda 218, sigma 1694, tau 1217, upsilon 341. ('Aristophanes' = fr. 35 Kock, now 33 Kassel-Austin.)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; medicine; meter and music; mythology; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 13 July 2003@06:04:33.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes and a keyword) on 13 July 2003@07:05:05.
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