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Headword: Καρπάθιος τὸν λαγῳόν
Adler number: omicron,105
Translated headword: the Karpathian (and) the hare
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
They say that the Karpathians, being islanders,[1] brought in a hare, because they did not have [any] in their territory. But the hares became numerous and ruined their agriculture.
So the proverb is applied to those devising something to their own detriment.
Greek Original:
Ὁ Καρπάθιος τὸν λαγῳόν: φασὶν ὅτι οἱ Καρπάθιοι νῆσον οἰκοῦντες ἐπηγάγοντο λαγῳόν, οὐκ ἔχοντες ἐν τῇ χώρᾳ. οἱ δὲ πολλοὶ γενόμενοι τὰ γεώργια αὐτῶν ἐλυμαίνοντο. εἴρηται οὖν ἡ παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν καθ' ἑαυτῶν τι ἐπινοουμένων.
Notes:
cf. lambda 30 and omicroniota 121; both say that a plurality of hares were introduced, which is surely correct.
[1] The island of Karpathos, present-day Scarpanto, lies between Rhodes and Crete. See generally OCD4 Carpathos.
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; daily life; ethics; geography; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 October 2001@06:32:08.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 8 October 2001@17:48:22.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 17 September 2002@09:35:51.
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