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Headword: Ὑπερβάθμιον πόδα ῥιπτῶν
Adler number: upsilon,234
Translated headword: casting a foot over the threshold
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [someone] behaving in a disorderly [and] inappropriate manner.[1] "Not casting a foot over the threshold, as the saying goes, into piety, but setting limits for himself suitable to his age, handling matters relating to the gods with a noble and pure conscience."[2]
Greek Original:
Ὑπερβάθμιον πόδα ῥιπτῶν: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἀτάκτως, ἀπρεπῶς διαπραττόμενος. οὐδὲ ὑπερβάθμιον πόδα ῥιπτῶν, κατὰ τὸ λόγιον, εἰς τὴν θεοσέβειαν, ἀλλὰ μέτρα ὁρίζων ἑαυτῷ τῆς ἡλικίας ἄξια, γνησίῳ καὶ καθαρῷ συνειδότι μεταχειρίζων τὰ περὶ τοὺς θεούς.
[1] cf. Gregorius of Cyprus 3.89.
[2] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr.137 Zintzen (38 Asmus, 59C Athanassiadi), quoting Chaldean Oracles 176.
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; ethics; imagery; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 April 2008@12:09:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 April 2008@07:08:27.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 21 November 2013@06:30:38.


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