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Headword: Ῥᾷόν τις τοὺς ὀδόντας ἠρίθμησεν τοὺς δακτύλους
Adler number: rho,43
Translated headword: the teeth were more easily counted than the fingers
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to old men.
Greek Original:
Ῥᾷόν τις τοὺς ὀδόντας ἠρίθμησεν ἢ τοὺς δακτύλους: ἐπὶ γερόντων.
Notes:
The headword phrase, unglossed, is also in Photius (rho51 Theodoridis).
Deriving from a courtroom witticism in Lysias, In reply to Aischines the Socratic. See the long extract preserved in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 13.611E-612F (13.95 Kaibel), at 612F, of a 70-year-old woman there, whose teeth were fewer than the fingers of one hand.
Keywords: daily life; law; medicine; proverbs; rhetoric; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 October 2001@08:09:03.
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Catharine Roth on 30 October 2001@17:18:39.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 16 June 2004@03:42:58.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 24 August 2011@04:06:15.
David Whitehead on 25 October 2013@07:38:16.

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