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Headword: Μὴ παιδὶ μάχαιραν
Adler number: mu,971
Translated headword: don't [sc. give] a knife to a child
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to those delegating recklessly.[1] Also Eupolis in Demes [writes]: "don't [sc. entrust] public matters to a child."[2]
Greek Original:
Μὴ παιδὶ μάχαιραν: ἐπὶ τῶν εἰκῆ ἐγχειριζόντων. καὶ Εὔπολις Δήμοις: μὴ παιδὶ τὰ κοινά.
Notes:
Also in Photius (mu412 Theodoridis), and similarly elsewhere.
[1] cf. Apostolius 11.51, etc.; Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.686.
[2] Eupolis fr. 121 Kock (133 K.-A.).
Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; ethics; politics; proverbs
Translated by: Richard Rodriguez on 14 July 2009@01:10:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (notes; modified keywords; tweaks) on 14 July 2009@04:42:30.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2012@08:22:14.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@04:23:37.

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