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Headword: Θεός
Adler number: theta,180
Translated headword: god
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Aristophanes [writes]: "when one of [the] gods does harm, not even a strong man could escape."[1] Similar to this [is] the saying of Pindar: "a god found even the winged eagle, and overtakes the sea-faring dolphin."[2]
And [there is] a proverb: 'shamelessness [is] a god'. This is said against those who help someone through shamelessness. Shamelessness used to be honored at Athens, and there was a shrine for her, as Istros [says] in [book] 14.[3]
Greek Original:
Θεός: Ἀριστοφάνης: ὅταν τις θεῶν βλάπτῃ, δύναιτ' ἂν οὐδ' ἂν ἰσχύων φυγεῖν. ὅμοιον τούτῳ τὸ Πινδαρικόν: θεὸς καὶ πτερόεντ' ἀετὸν ἔκιχε, καὶ θαλασσαῖον παραμείβεται δελφῖνα. καὶ παροιμία: Θεὸς ἡ Ἀναίδεια. λέγεται κατὰ τῶν δι' ἀναισχυντίαν τινὰ ὠφελούντων. ἐτιμᾶτο δὲ καὶ Ἀθήνησιν ἡ Ἀναίδεια, καὶ ἱερὸν ἦν αὐτῆς, ὡς Ἴστρος ἐν ιδ#.
Notes:
For this headword see also theta 178, theta 179, theta 181.
[1] Not Aristophanes, but Sophocles, Electra 696-7 (web address 1), with scholion. Also at iota 724; cf. iota 723.
[2] Pindar, Pythian 2.50 (web address 2).
[3] This material is also in Photius; cf. Zenobius 4.36 and other paroemiographers. 'Istros' [iota 706] = FGrH 334 F11.
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; ethics; geography; historiography; poetry; proverbs; religion; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 15 October 2001@17:30:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 16 October 2001@08:41:29.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 27 April 2006@11:11:57.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 1 January 2013@04:36:24.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 3 January 2013@23:55:22.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation following a suggestion from Brady Kiesling) on 28 December 2016@12:18:01.

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