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Headword: Ψύρα τὸν Διόνυσον ἄγοντες
Adler number: psi,155
Translated headword: Psyra celebrating Dionysos
Vetting Status: high
The proverb [sc. occurs] in Cratinus.[1] Psyra is a poor and small island near Chios,[2] which cannot produce wine. So we utter the proverb in reference to people who are reclining at a symposium but not drinking. It has also been applied to [sc. other] things which display poverty.
Greek Original:
Ψύρα τὸν Διόνυσον ἄγοντες: ἡ παροιμία παρὰ Κρατίνῳ. τὰ δὲ Ψύρα εὐτελὴς νῆσός ἐστι καὶ μικρὰ πλησίον Χίου, μὴ δυναμένη οἶνον ἐνεγκεῖν. λέγομεν οὖν τὴν παροιμίαν ἐπὶ τῶν ἐν συμποσίῳ ἀνακειμένων καὶ μὴ πινόντων. λέλεκται δὲ καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν εὐτέλειαν σημαινόντων.
See Appendix Proverbiorum 5.39 and other paroemiographers (but without the Suda's participle).
[1] Cratinus fr. 352 Kock, now 347 K.-A.
[2] Barrington Atlas map 56 grid B4.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food; geography; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 December 2005@09:23:49.
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