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Headword: Μὴ σύ γε μελαμπύγου τύχῃς
Adler number: mu,987
Translated headword: take care you don't meet a black-bottom
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] take care you don't meet someone virile and strong. [A proverbial phrase] in reference to those behaving unlawfully; as [if to say] take care you don't meet someone strong and pay the penalty.
Greek Original:
Μὴ σύ γε μελαμπύγου τύχῃς: μή τινος ἀνδρείου καὶ ἰσχυροῦ τύχῃς. ἐπὶ τῶν παράνομα δρώντων: ὡς μή τινος ἰσχυροῦ τυχόντος δίκην δώσει.
Notes:
Zenobius 5.10, etc.
See also mu 449.
Keywords: daily life; gender and sexuality; law; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 August 2006@05:24:38.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 9 August 2006@11:04:48.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2006@03:14:19.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@04:55:29.

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