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Headword: Μελιταῖον κυνίδιον
Adler number: mu,519
Translated headword: Maltese lap-dog
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"For some dogs are trackers, others go head-to-head with beasts; some watch the house on guard over possessions, others [are kept] for pleasure, for instance Maltese lap-dogs.[1]
Also [sc. attested are] Honey-pie dogs, ones reared for pleasure.[2]
Greek Original:
Μελιταῖον κυνίδιον. τῶν γὰρ κυνῶν οἱ μὲν ἰχνευταί, οἱ δὲ ὁμόσε τοῖς θηρίοις χωροῦσιν, οἱ δὲ ἐπὶ φυλακῇ τῶν κτημάτων οἰκουροί, οἱ δὲ ἐπὶ τέρψει, ὡς τὰ Μελιταῖα κυνίδια. καὶ Μελιτηροὶ κύνες, οἱ ἐπὶ τέρψει τρεφόμενοι.
Notes:
[1] Artemidorus 2.11. For other references to them see LSJ s.v. Melitaios.
[2] [Occasion for mentioning these arises from the similarity between Μελιταῖοι ("Maltese") and μελιτηρός ("honey-sweet").] This phrase is also in the paroemiographer Apostolius (11.24), who expands with the material already given here.
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; food; geography; imagery; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 21 March 2002@20:39:35.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, added note, raised status) on 21 March 2002@22:28:40.
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 10 April 2002@04:24:57.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 26 July 2006@07:53:43.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2; another keyword) on 28 March 2011@07:27:39.
David Whitehead on 15 May 2013@05:38:21.

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