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Headword: Λύκον εἶδες
Adler number: lambda,811
Translated headword: you saw a wolf
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to sudden astonishing occurrences.[1] "You might not be able to look back at him; instead, there if anywhere, the saying 'you would not speak, you saw a wolf'[2] seems to have been precisely said."[3]
Greek Original:
Λύκον εἶδες: ἐπὶ τῶν αἰφνίδιον ἀχανῶν γινομένων. σὺ δ' οὐκ ἂν δύναιο πρὸς αὐτὸν ἀντιβλέπειν, ἀλλὰ τὸ λεγόμενον οὐ φθέγξῃ, λύκον εἶδες, εἴπερ ἄλλοθί που, κἀνταῦθα δόξει κυρίως εἰρῆσθαι.
[1] cf. Apostolius 10.89 and other paroemiographers, and the scholia to Theocritus (see next note).
[2] Theocritus, Idylls 14.22 -- where in fact these words are interrogative: 'Would you not speak? Did you see a wolf?'. See web address 1.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests the emperor Julian.)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 August 2007@06:28:07.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 20 August 2007@12:39:13.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 21 August 2007@03:03:21.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2013@07:00:33.
Catharine Roth (supplemented note) on 12 September 2013@18:10:47.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 12 September 2013@18:12:19.


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