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Headword: Epinikos
Adler number: epsilon,2494
Translated headword: Epinikos, Epinicus
Vetting Status: high
Governor of the city under [the rule of] Basiliscus,[1] a man never satiated with money-making and selling off the nations and all the cities and filling the provinces with unusual tributes. These were things which neither the classes of governors nor the councils abroad were able to tolerate any longer, so they fled and abandoned the exaction of tributes. Moved by this man's avarice, they took to sitting in the public cult-places and denouncing his robberies. He was the object of everybody's hatred, because he did not pay anybody his due respect. And they removed this man from his office with ignominy; and in his place they chose a man [named] Laurentius, who had formerly been one of the rhetors of the great forum and had been one of the best there. No matter whom he talked to, he never tried to exploit him nor to force him [to do something] in order to get a bigger profit.[2]
Greek Original:
Epinikos, huparchos tês poleôs epi Basiliskou, koron chrêmatismou mê lambanôn mêdena kai ta ethnê kai tas poleis pasas kapêleuôn kai atopôn tas eparchias prostagmatôn emplêsas: ha mê pherousai eti tôn archontôn hai taxeis, mêde hai exô boulai, phugousai katelipon tas tôn phorôn eispraxeis. ek de tês toutou pleonexias archomenoi hiketai en tois koinois hierois ekathezonto elenchontes ta toutou klemmata. ên de pasin apechthês timên oudeni nemôn prosêkousan. kai touton tês archês apêllaxan atimôs: anthairountai de andra Laurention, hos ên ex archês tôn epi tês agoras tês megalês rhêtorôn kai prôteusas en tautêi. hotôi de suneipoi, oute tribein, hôs an mallon kerdainoi, oute dielkein êneicheto.
[1] See beta 163, beta 164. Brother of Empress Aelia Verina (DIR entry by Geoffrey Greatrex at web address 1), the wife of Leo I, he organized with her a plot against Emperor Zeno in 415 AD. After the latter fled from Rome, Basiliscus (DIR entry by Hugh Elton at web address 2) was created emperor and ruled for a year, until Zeno was restored to power in 476.
[2] Attributed to Malchus by Tiberius Hemsterhuys, and now Malchus fr.7b Cresci. Compare generally John of Antioch, Chronica fr. 211 FHG (4.618b), now 303 Roberto.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; chronology; constitution; economics; ethics; historiography; history; law; politics; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Antonella Ippolito on 27 October 2006@12:31:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; x-refs; more keywords) on 29 October 2006@04:40:45.
Abram Ring (added web refs to DIR) on 29 October 2006@13:34:57.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 26 November 2007@12:40:28.
David Whitehead on 16 October 2012@09:43:43.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 19 November 2014@23:47:47.
Catharine Roth (expanded notes) on 28 November 2014@21:54:12.
David Whitehead (updated some refs) on 29 January 2015@08:50:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 25 September 2017@01:01:19.


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