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Headword: Κρίσαμις
Adler number: kappa,2441
Translated headword: Krisamis, Crisamis
Vetting Status: high
of Kos. This man was rich in livestock. The story goes that an eel seized the finest of his flock, and Krisamis killed it; he had a dream, in which he was told to bury it, but he paid no attention and perished with all his family.
Greek Original:
Κρίσαμις, Κῷος. οὗτος ἦν πολυθρέμματος. τούτῳ φασὶν ἔγχελυν τὸ [γὰρ] κάλλιστον τῶν προβάτων ἁρπάζειν, καὶ τὸν Κρίσαμιν ἀνελεῖν αὐτήν: φαινομένην δὲ αὐτῷ ὄναρ, κελεῦσαι καταθάψαι αὐτήν: τὸν δὲ μὴ φροντίσαντα παγγενῆ ἀπολέσθαι.
Also in Hesychius kappa4146; Photius, Lexicon kappa1100 Theodoridis (spelling the name Kriss-); and Zenobius 4.64 (Kiss-).
For eels cf. epsilon 174 (another proverb), epsilon 175. If the present story is to be taken seriously, the creature in question must have been a moray or conger eel, making its attack on the seashore.
Keywords: biography; daily life; dreams; economics; geography; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 June 2008@05:03:16.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, set status) on 2 June 2008@15:36:31.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 3 June 2008@03:16:25.
David Whitehead on 18 March 2013@05:26:24.
David Whitehead on 2 May 2016@09:17:30.


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