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Headword: Ῥιπός
Adler number: rho,184
Translated headword: on a wickerwork
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning on] a dry twig, a rush mat.[1] "For the sake of profit, [he] would sail even on a wickerwork mat." [This] would be said in reference to a lover of gain. But it is also said otherwise: "sailing with a [willing] god" -- or best, sailing for a [willing] god -- "even if one sails on a wickerwork mat."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the dative plural] ῥίπεσι ["with wickerwork things"], [meaning] with the branches of the willow-tree.[3]
Greek Original:
Ῥιπός: φρυγάνου, ψιάθου. κέρδους δ' ἕκητι κἂν ἐπὶ ῥιπὸς πλέοι. λέγοιτο δ' ἂν ἐπὶ φιλοκερδεῖ. λέγεται δὲ καὶ ἄλλως: θεοῦ πλέων, ἢ μάλιστα: θεῷ πλέων, κἂν ἐπὶ ῥιπὸς πλέοι. καὶ ῥίπεσι, τοῖς τῆς ἰτέας κλάδοις.
Notes:
cf. sigma 105.
[1] Genitive singular of ῥίψ , presumably from the quotation which follows (where the case is determined by the preposition).
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 699 (web address 1), with a defective version of the scholion there. Several of the paroemiographers include this proverbial phrase (in the first of the grammatical forms given here); and see generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.582.
[3] cf. scholion on Homer, Odyssey 5.256, where the epic dative plural ῥίπεσσι occurs, of constructing a raft (web address 2).
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Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; epic; ethics; proverbs; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 September 2010@01:22:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 21 September 2010@03:35:00.
David Whitehead on 24 August 2011@09:08:59.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 15 August 2012@08:02:30.
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