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Headword: Ὄνου σκιά
Adler number: omicron,401
Translated headword: a donkey's shadow
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to nothingness. For they say that a youth hired a donkey [to take him] from Athens to Delphi. At noon, after stopping his donkey, he slipped into its shadow.
Greek Original:
Ὄνου σκιά: ἐπὶ τῆς οὐθενείας. φασὶ γάρ, ὅτι νεανίσκος Ἀθήνηθεν εἰς Δελφοὺς ὄνον ἐμισθώσατο: μεσημβρίας δὲ λαβούσης, στήσας τὸν ὄνον ὑπέδυ τὴν σκιάν.
See more fully under omicron 400 (and upsilon 327), where the continuation of the tale is given: the owner of the ass objected that he had hired out only the beast, not its shadow, and litigation ensued.
Keywords: daily life; geography; imagery; law; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 28 November 2001@12:08:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 29 November 2001@05:02:49.
David Whitehead on 4 July 2013@05:51:24.


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