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Headword: κάνης τῆς τύχης ὑπερέχει
Adler number: omicron,103
Translated headword: the doormat surpasses the bed
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who own more and better [un]necessary things than necessary ones.
Greek Original:
Ὁ κάνης τῆς τύχης ὑπερέχει: ἐπὶ τῶν τὰ ἀναγκαῖα μείζω καὶ πλείω τῶν ἀναγκαίων κεκτημένων.
Crates fr.12 Kock (14 K.-A.), quoted several times in lexicography (e.g. Pollux 10.90, Photius omicron172 Theodoridis). The Suda's version not only omits a crucial negative from the gloss, as indicated, but corrupts the second noun in the headword phrase itself, from κοίτης ('bed') to τύχης ('luck', not translated here).
Keywords: comedy; daily life; economics; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 September 2002@08:04:47.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 30 September 2002@11:05:33.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 11 April 2011@06:13:31.
David Whitehead (updating) on 23 June 2013@07:34:17.


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