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Headword: Ὀκτώπουν
Adler number: omicron,130
Translated headword: eight-footer, scorpion
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Cratinus in Thracian Girls [says]: "you are waking an eight-footer". Meaning a scorpion.[1] For [there is] a proverb: "you are waking an eight-footed scorpion."[2] And in the Xantriai of Aeschylus, the Fury calling the divine power on the Bacchants says: "from the feet a rending rises from below to the top of the head, a wound of the tongue, I mean the dart of the scorpion."[3]
Greek Original:
Ὀκτώπουν: Κρατῖνος Θρᾴτταις: ὀκτώπουν ἀνεγείρεις. ἀντὶ τοῦ σκορπίον. παροιμία γάρ: σκορπίον ὀκτώπουν ἀνεγείρεις. ἐν δὲ ταῖς Αἰσχύλου Ξαντρίαις ἡ Λύσσα ἐπιθειάζουσα ταῖς Βάκχαις φησίν: ἐκ ποδῶν δ' ἄνω ὑπέρχεται σπαραγμὸς εἰς ἄκρον κάρα, κέντημα γλώσσης, σκορπίου βέλος λέγω.
Notes:
Same entry in Photius (omicron195 Theodoridis), from Pausanias the Atticist (omicron15).
[1] Cratinus fr. 77 Kock (80 K.-A.). The epithet "eight-footed" is applied to various animals such as the scorpion, the crab, and the octopus: see omicron 456.
[2] cf. Diogenianus 8.8 and other paroemiographers, and see generally Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.774.
[3] Aeschylus fr. 169 Radt.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; proverbs; religion; tragedy; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 October 2002@00:35:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 3 October 2002@03:35:23.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 5 October 2002@12:56:38.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented note 2; cosmetics) on 1 March 2005@03:09:44.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 15 August 2012@09:00:42.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaking) on 24 June 2013@03:42:40.

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