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Headword: Ὀστράκου περιστροφή
Adler number: omicron,719
Translated headword: a potsherd's spin
Vetting Status: high
A proverb in reference to those doing something quickly.[1]
Eunapius [writes]: "as if on a potsherd's fall [he] advantageously advanced against [the] Romans".[2]
Greek Original:
Ὀστράκου περιστροφή: παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν ταχέως τι ποιούντων λεγομένη. Εὐνάπιος: ὥσπερ ὀστράκου μεταπεσόντος ἐπὶ τὸ βέλτιον ἐχώρησε Ῥωμαίοις.
[1] Likewise or similarly elsewhere (including several of the paroemiographers); references at Photius, Lexicon omicron571 Theodoridis. The phrase occurs in Plato, Republic 521C.
[2] Eunapius, Fragmenta historica (Dindorf) 1.216.14-16.
Keywords: biography; daily life; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 April 2003@09:42:38.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 17 April 2003@00:15:39.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 30 July 2013@04:22:11.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2016@04:56:31.


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