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Headword: Πυθοῦ Χελιδόνος
Adler number: pi,3136
Translated headword: find out from Chelidon; find out from a swallow
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A proverb [deriving] from a certain Chelidon, a divine and soothsayer and expert in rituals, as Mnaseas of Patrai [says] in the Periplous.[1] But some [say that it originated] because [a swallow] indicates the coming of spring.[2]
Greek Original:
Πυθοῦ Χελιδόνος: παροιμία ἀπό τινος Χελιδόνος, θεολόγου καὶ τερατοσκόπου καὶ περὶ τελετῶν διειλεγμένου, ὡς Μνασέας ὁ Πατρεὺς ἐν τῷ Περίπλῳ. οἱ δέ, ὅτι τὸ ἔαρ προσημαίνει.
Notes:
The name Chelidon means "Swallow".
[1] Mnaseas (C3 BCE) fr. 43 FHG (3.156). See also sigma 12 (and pi 788 for the ethnikon).
[2] On the proverbial relation between swallows and spring, see epsilon 11 and mu 1030.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; daily life; historiography; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 September 2002@05:04:27.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, added note and keyword, raised status) on 18 September 2002@13:46:53.
Catharine Roth (added a note) on 18 September 2002@15:19:55.
David Whitehead (augmented note 1) on 12 April 2004@05:12:17.
David Whitehead on 1 December 2011@08:21:23.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@09:18:50.

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