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Headword: Harpaleos
Adler number: alpha,4000
Translated headword: grasping, greedy
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one who is covetous.
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] 'Harpaleian monies'.[1]
Greek Original:
Harpaleos: ho epithumêtikos. kai Harpaleia chrêmata.
[1] The connection between this phrase and the beginning of the entry is purely fortuitous. Harpalos is a proper name, that of the fugitive treasurer (and boyhood friend) of Alexander the Great, who absconded to Greece -- eventually to Athens -- in 324 BCE with a large sum of money; the disappearance of this money from its place of safekeeping on the acropolis then gave rise to prosecutions of prominent Athenians thought to have embezzled it, including Demosthenes. On the phrase "Harpaleian monies", specifically, see D. Whitehead, Hypereides: the forensic speeches (Oxford 2000) 383; and on the Harpalos Affair in general, A.B. Bosworth, Conquest and Empire: the reign of Alexander the Great (Cambridge 1988) 215-220.
Keywords: biography; definition; economics; ethics; history; law; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 April 2001@15:26:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keywords) on 6 April 2001@03:23:34.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 13 April 2012@03:59:13.
David Whitehead on 31 August 2015@07:36:01.


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