‘Bird’s Milk in Samos’ Strabo’s Use of Geographical Proverbs and Proverbial Expressions

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Daniela Dueck


Given the distinction between proverbs used as an integral part of Strabo's own style of writing and those applied as grammatically independent expressions in their role as proverbs, this article discusses the latter kind. Several previously unnoticed proverbs and proverbial expressions are included, and the phenomenon is discussed from a new point of departure. By defining these expressions as « geographical proverbs », always accompanied by explanatory stories, insights are provided into Strabo's choice of themes which results in his overall geographical narrative.

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