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Headword: Λίνον λίνῳ συνάπτεις
Adler number: lambda,566
Translated headword: you are joining linen with linen
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who mix similar things, or who are deceived and demand [something] back. Strattis in Rivers [sc. uses the phrase].
Greek Original:
Λίνον λίνῳ συνάπτεις: ἐπὶ τῶν τὰ ὅμοια ἐπιμιγνύντων, ἢ παρακρουομένων καὶ ἀπαιτούντων. Στράττις Ποταμοῖς.
Notes:
Strattis fr. 38 Kock, now 39 K.-A. Again at omicron 904, where 'Rivers' (Potamoi) is correctly 'Potamians' and where the quotation has a negative and is presumably therefore a rhetorical question: 'are you not...?' That version is reckoned to be the authentic one, though the paroemiographers preferred this one.
For 'linen' (or flax) cf. generally lambda 561, lambda 564, lambda 571, lambda 572.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; imagery; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 May 2009@07:48:51.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keyword, set status) on 15 May 2009@11:20:19.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 17 May 2009@04:26:47.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 1 November 2009@06:51:29.
David Whitehead on 19 April 2013@05:54:54.
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