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Headword: Μεγαρέων δάκρυα
Adler number: mu,383
Translated headword: Megarians' tears
Vetting Status: high
Because a great deal of garlic grows in the Megarid, it led to a proverb in reference to those pretending to weep, or forced to, and not at something they had actually suffered.
Megareus ['a Megarian'] [is] the nominative.
Greek Original:
Μεγαρέων δάκρυα: ἐπεὶ πλεῖστα ἐν τῇ Μεγαρίδι σκόροδα φύεται, εἰς παροιμίαν ἦλθεν ἐπὶ τῶν προσποιητῶς καὶ πρὸς βίαν δακρυόντων, καὶ μὴ ἐπὶ οἰκείῳ πάθει. Μεγαρεύς, ἡ εὐθεῖα.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica and paroemiographers: see the references at Photius mu172 Theodoridis. The headword phrase was once attributed to comedy: so as Comic adespota fr. 872 Kock, but not in K.-A.
For Megara see mu 382 and the other cross-references there.
Keywords: aetiology; botany; comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 September 2001@07:38:40.
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