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Headword: Ὕδραν τέμνεις
Adler number: upsilon,58
Translated headword: you are cutting off a hydra
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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.
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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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