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Headword: Ὕδραν τέμνεις
Adler number: upsilon,58
Translated headword: you are cutting off a hydra
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to things that are hopeless; because in cutting off a hydra Herakles failed to master it, with more heads sprouting up again.
Greek Original:
Ὕδραν τέμνεις: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀμηχάνων εἴρηται: παρ' ὅσον Ἡρακλῆς ὕδραν τέμνων οὐδὲν μᾶλλον ἐκράτει, ἀναδιδομένων αὖθις πλειόνων κεφαλῶν.
Note:
See under upsilon 57. Besides the scholia to the Plato passage cited there, see also the paroemiographers, e.g. Zenobius 6.26, Gregorius 3.92.
Keywords: daily life; geography; medicine; mythology; philosophy; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 December 2002@05:55:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 8 December 2002@12:07:53.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 8 October 2004@05:26:46.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2011@08:51:58.
David Whitehead on 18 November 2013@06:43:26.
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