aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Anonymous, skolion PMG 892

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ὁ καρκίνος ὧδ’ ἔφα
χαλᾷ τὸν ὄφιν λαβών·
“εὐθὺν χρὴ τὸν ἑταῖρον ἔμ-
μεν καὶ μὴ σκολιὰ φρονεῖν.”

The crab said to the snake it had caught in its claw: ‘A comrade must be frank and not think crooked thoughts.’

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November 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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  1. This skolion is used by Azzan Yadin (Samson’s ḥîdâ, Vetus Testamentum, Vol. 52, Fasc. 3 (July, 2002), pp. 407-426) as an example, in his argument that the “riddle” given by Samson in Judges 14:14 is in fact part of a skolion. Yadin refers to Gorgias 451E, where Aristoxenos refers to skolia that consist of gnômas kai erôtika suntoma, “gnomic sayings and erotic snippets”, which is probably a “good” description of one’s snake being gripped by crabs.

    Greg Bird

    December 12, 2016 at 1:57 PM

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