Moral Significance of Animals as Indicated in Greek Proverbs

Moral Significance of Animals as Indicated in Greek Proverbs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...foot." Xenophon in Mem. II, 6, 9, employs this proverb thus: oil Kara iro8as wo-irip 6 XayoJs, ovS' avary wnrep al opviO&s, ovSi /Jta!crirep oi ix6poi. The hare again is typical of swiftness in escape. 6. 'Ai/fvorepos Xayaov j vyovros. 7. Aakorepos el Tsiv Xayowv. These two proverbs are used of those who are very cowardly. The hare is timid and flees at the slightest provocation, (mod. "scared rabbit.") The hare typifies fright and timidity. 'Plin. H. N., XI, 37. Zenob. IV 84; Apost. X 40. 3 X 41. - Herodot. V 98. 8. 'O Xayws KaO' iavrov ra ijSvcr/xaTa. A form of this proverb in Latin appears in Terence Eun. III 2, 36: lepus tutf etpulmentum quaerisi where Donatus explains: "What you have in yourself you are seeking in another, for the hare, as the ancient naturalists used to believe, was of uncertain sex, now masculine, now feminine."1 On the basis of this explanation the proverb is derived from a certain natural characteristic attributed to the hare, and the saying would be applicable to those who seek from others what they themselves already possess. 9. Kapxaflios Tov aywv. This proverb was applied to those who bring trouble upon themselves; it is derived from a tradition that the people of Karpathos2 imported hares in small numbers, which rapidly increased and destroyed the crops. The hare is regarded in this proverb as prolific and destructive. 10. HoXvyvoTov Xaycos Reference is here made to a drawing of a hare made by the artist Polygnotos; there is no moral significance in the proverb. From Greek vase painting it is evident that the hare was a symbol of sexual love; the favorites of elderly men are often depicted on the vases with hares in their arms or at their feet as pets. A study of the proverbs...show more

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