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Headword: παροιμία
Adler number: omicroniota,83
Translated headword: the Cretans (and) the sacrifice
Vetting Status: high
A proverb.[1] If ever a sacrifice is disrupted, it is called 'Cretan'. This is because after a storm Agamemnon sacrificed there, climbing up into Polyrhenon[2] [sc. to do so]. But meanwhile the prisoners burned the ships. When he heard this, he abandoned the sacrifices, came to the seashore and found a single ship; cursing the natives, he embarked in it.
Greek Original:
Οἱ Κρῆτες τὴν θυσίαν: παροιμία. εἴ ποτε ταραχώδης θυσία γένηται, Κρητικὴ καλεῖται, παρόσον Ἀγαμέμνων ἐκεῖσε χειμασθεὶς ἔθυεν, ἀναβὰς εἰς τὸ Πολύρρηνον. ἐν τούτῳ δὲ οἱ αἰχμάλωτοι τὰς ναῦς ἐνέπρησαν. ὁ δ' ὡς ἤκουσε, καταλιπὼν τὰς θυσίας ἦλθεν εἰς τὸν αἰγιαλὸν καὶ μίαν εὑρὼν ναῦν ἀνήχθη εἰς αὐτήν, τοὺς ἐγχωρίους ἐπαρασάμενος.
cf. sol/finder/showlinks.cgi?kws=Zenobius">Zenobius 5.50.
[1] The SOL wrongly proffers this as the entry's headword.
[2] cf. pi 2002 (end).
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; definition; geography; mythology; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 December 2002@09:36:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 16 August 2003@22:07:38.
David Whitehead (augmented keywords) on 17 August 2003@05:34:12.
David Whitehead on 3 November 2008@03:13:36.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2013@04:27:06.


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