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Headword: Οἱ μὲν γὰρ οὐκ ἔτ' εἰσίν, οἱ δ' ὄντες κακοί
Adler number: omicroniota,94
Translated headword: for some are no longer alive and those that are are bad
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to things sought-after because they are scarce. Aristophanes in Frogs brings Dionysus on stage; he wants to descend into Hades to search for Euripides, and he says 'I am in need of a clever poet'; and he adds 'for some are no longer alive and those that are are bad'.
Greek Original:
Οἱ μὲν γὰρ οὐκ ἔτ' εἰσίν, οἱ δ' ὄντες κακοί: ἐπὶ τῶν διὰ σπάνιν ἐπιζητουμένων. Ἀριστοφάνης Βατράχοις εἰσάγει τὸν Διόνυσον Εὐριπίδην εἰς ᾅδου ἐπιζητοῦντα κατιέναι βούλεσθαι, λέγοντα, δέομαι ποιητοῦ δεξιοῦ: τὸν δὲ φάναι, οἱ μὲν γὰρ οὐκ ἔτ' εἰσίν, οἱ δ' ὄντες κακοί.
Note:
The headword phrase is Aristophanes, Frogs 72, itself (as the scholia there note) a quotation (Euripides fr.565.2, from the Oineus). For the paroemiographers see Gregorius 3.22a, etc.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; mythology; proverbs; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 December 2002@08:46:05.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 16 August 2003@22:20:34.
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 17 August 2003@05:50:08.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2013@04:58:49.

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