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Headword: Θρᾷκες ὅρκια οὐκ ἐπίστανται
Adler number: theta,449
Translated headword: Thracians do not understand oaths
Vetting Status: high
Menander mentions this in his first [book].[1] For he says that in this land the most senior(?) died after a javelin had pierced him though the chest. This gave rise to a riddle amongst Ionians and Aeolians: Thracians do not understand oaths.
Greek Original:
Θρᾷκες ὅρκια οὐκ ἐπίστανται: ταύτης μέμνηται Μένανδρος ἐν τῇ πρώτῃ. λέγει γάρ, ὅτι ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ γῇ ὁ πρεσβύτατος ἀκοντισθεὶς διὰ τοῦ στήθους ἀπώλετο: καὶ ἐντεῦθεν Ἴωσι καὶ Αἰολεῦσιν αἴνιγμα ἐγένετο: Θρᾷκες ὅρκια οὐκ ἐπίστανται.
Zenobius 4.32. For Thracian duplicity see also theta 450.
[1] Menander of Ephesus, FGrH 783 F8. (Ignore attributions to Menander the comic poet, Menander Protector, and any other homonyms.)
Keywords: daily life; ethics; geography; historiography; military affairs; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 April 2003@10:16:31.
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Catharine Roth on 14 August 2003@00:27:40.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 14 August 2003@03:26:54.
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