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Headword: Μήτε νεῖν μήτε γράμματα ἐπίστασθαι
Adler number: mu,989
Translated headword: to know neither swimming nor letters
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to the completely ignorant; for amongst Athenians diving and letters used to be taught from earliest childhood.
Greek Original:
Μήτε νεῖν μήτε γράμματα ἐπίστασθαι: ἐπὶ τῶν παντάπασιν ἀμαθῶν: παρὰ γὰρ Ἀθηναίοις εὐθὺς ἐκ παιδὸς κολυμβᾶν καὶ γράμματα ἐδιδάσκετο.
Note:
cf. Plato, Laws 3.689D (web address 1); Apostolius 11.53.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: children; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 September 2001@09:18:59.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, modified headword, added note, link and keywords, set status) on 8 October 2003@15:14:08.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 9 October 2003@08:50:13.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 14 July 2009@07:04:54.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@04:57:43.

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