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Headword: Νικήτης
Adler number: nu,387
Translated headword: Nicetes, Niketes
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Proper name. Heraclides of Lycia, the sophist, said: "Nicetes purified", unaware that he was fitting the spoils of the Pygmies onto a colossus.
This proverb perhaps refers to people who try to bring together things that are incompatible, and especially when we compare tiny things to huge ones.
Greek Original:
Νικήτης: ὄνομα κύριον. ὅτι Ἡρακλείδης ὁ Λύκιος σοφιστὴς ἔφη: Νικήτης ὁ κεκαθαρμένος ἀγνοήσας ἀκροθίνια πυγμαίων κολοσσῷ ἐφαρμόζειν. παροιμία τοῦτο ἴσως ἐπὶ τῶν ἀσύμβατα συμβιβαζόντων, καὶ μάλισθ' ὅταν σμικρότατα μεγίστοις παραβάλλωμεν.
Note:
After the opening gloss this material derives from alpha 1002 (cf. eta 462). The reference is to Heraclides' revision of works by the sophist Nicetes (RE Nicetes(6); PIR2 Nu83). See also Philostratus, Lives of the Sophists 1.19 (512).
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; geography; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 20 June 2003@01:56:12.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics.) on 20 June 2003@02:20:56.
David Whitehead (augmented headword and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 June 2003@03:37:59.
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