Wine for the Frogs: Diogenianus Explains Some Bizarre Sayings

“‘Pouring wine out for frogs’: this saying is about people offering things to people who, if they were to accept them, could make no use of them. It is much like saying, ‘You’re bringing owls to Athens.’

‘Water for a frog! or Fat for a weasel!’ : These sayings are about those who give things to people who delight in receiving those things.”

Βατράχοις οἰνοχοεῖς: πρὸς τοὺς ταῦτα παρ-

έχοντας, ὧν οὐ χρῄζουσιν οἱ λαμβάνοντες. ῞Ομοιον·

Γλαῦκας εἰς ᾿Αθήνας ἄγεις.

Βατράχῳ ὕδωρ, καὶ, γαλῇ στέαρ: ἐπὶ τῶν

ταῦτα διδόντων, οἷς οἱ λαμβάνοντες χαίρουσιν.

-From Diogenianus, Paroimiai 3.57-8

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