portare nottole ad Atene

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek proverb γλαυκ̀ εὶς ̀Αθήνας (glauk̀ eìs ̀Athḗnas). See bring owls to Athens.

Proverb[edit]

portare nottole ad Atene

  1. to bring owls to Athens, to carry coals to Newcastle; to undertake a pointless venture, one that is redundant, unnecessary, superfluous, or highly uneconomical.