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Headword: Οἰνόη τὴν χαράδραν
Adler number: omicroniota,121
Translated headword: Oinoe (and) the torrent
Vetting Status: high
[This is said] whenever someone does something to his own detriment; for Oinoe is a deme of Attica,[1] the members of which diverted the course of a torrent which was approaching them into their own territory. The torrent grew large, ruined their agriculture and destroyed their houses.[2] It is similar to: 'the Karpathian [and] the hare'.[3] For they say that because there were no hares on Karpathos they introduced some for breeding purposes; and the result was that hares became so numerous that they did serious damage to their crops.
Greek Original:
Οἰνόη τὴν χαράδραν: ὅταν καθ' ἑαυτοῦ τίς τι ποιῇ: ἡ γὰρ Οἰνόη δῆμός ἐστι τῆς Ἀττικῆς: οἵτινες φερομένην ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν χαράδραν παρέτρεψαν εἰς τὴν ἑαυτῶν χώραν. πολλὴ δὲ ἡ χαράδρα γενομένη ἐλυμήνατο αὐτῶν τὰ γεώργια καὶ τὰς οἰκίας καθεῖλεν. ὅμοιον δὲ τῷ: ὁ Καρπάθιος τὸν λαγῳόν. φασὶ γὰρ διὰ τὸ μὴ εἶναι εἰς Κάρπαθον λαγῳοὺς ἐπικομίσασθαί τινα ὡς εἰς ἐπιγέννημα: ἀφ' ὧν τοσούτους γενέσθαι, ὡς καὶ τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτῶν χαλεπῶς βλάπτειν.
For this proverb in the paroemiographers see e.g. Zenobius 5.29.
[1] There were actually two Attic demes of this name, one (present-day Myopolis) in tribe VIII Hippothontis and a larger one (present-day Ninoi) in IX Aiantis. See generally J.S. Traill, The Political Organization of Attica (Princeton 1975) 52 and 53; D. Whitehead, The Demes of Attica (Princeton 1986) index s.v.; and omicroniota 122.
[2] See already omicroniota 108.
[3] See already omicron 105.
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; daily life; ethics; food; geography; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 October 2001@06:57:08.
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