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Headword: Ῥοδίων χρησμός
Adler number: rho,199
Translated headword: Rhodians' oracle
Vetting Status: high
When sacrificing every day to Lindian Athena the Rhodians were holding a succession of banquets in the temple, but they were not in the habit of bringing in a chamberpot. When he had granted permission,[1] they went back with another question: 'bronze or earthenware?' He was angry and replied: 'neither'. So the proverb is applied to those wishing to know something superfluous.
Greek Original:
Ῥοδίων χρησμός: Ῥόδιοι τῇ Λινδίᾳ Ἀθηνᾷ θύοντες καθεκάστην ἡμέραν ἐνδιετέλουν τῷ ναῷ εὐωχούμενοι: οὐκ ἦν δὲ αὐτοῖς ἔθος ἀμίδα εἰσφέρειν. συγκαταινέσαντος δέ, πάλιν ἀνεπυνθάνοντο, χαλκῆν ἢ ὀστρακίνην; ὁ δὲ ὀργισθεὶς ἀπεφήνατο μηδετέραν. διὸ τὴν παροιμίαν τάσσεσθαι ἐπὶ τῶν περιεργότερον πυνθανομένων.
= (with only small variations) Photius rho136 Theodoridis, taken to come from Pausanias the Atticist (rho6); see also Apostolius 15.25 and other paroemiographers.
For Lindian Athena cf. generally lambda 562.
[1] Grammatically masculine, so not the goddess herself; probably Apollo.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; food; geography; proverbs; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 April 2003@04:25:30.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 15 April 2004@01:20:13.
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