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Headword: Timasios
Adler number: tau,597
Translated headword: Timasios, Timasius
Vetting Status: high
This man was [sc. alive] in the time of the Emperor Theodosius;[1] wanting to assign him to [sc. imperial] duties, Eutropius[2] summoned him away out of Asia to the imperial court.[3] Being a haughty man and arrogant and habituated to military campaigns and regarding the principal good in human affairs [to be] honor and fame and overflowing wealth, and to possess for himself with impunity anything he might wish to appropriate, and through strong drink not to know [sc. the difference between] night and day, nor to observe the rising and setting sun -- having reckoned the summons of heaven to be the same [sc. in both cases]; having torn himself away from his ineffectual [activities] frittered away in negligence and having strained his spirit for love of fame, he struck out resolutely from Pamphylia[4] and was turning back towards Lydia,[5] indeed as if [sc. he were] someone ruling absolutely or someone who was going to regard the emperor and the eunuch[6] as incidental child's play, if he wished.[7]
Greek Original:
Timasios: houtos epi Theodosiou tou basileôs ên: hon ho Eutropios epistêsai tois pragmasi boulomenos ek tês Asias metakalei pros ta basileia: ho de gauros te anêr ôn kai agerôchos kai strateiais hômilêkôs kai touto prôton agathon hêgoumenos tôn en anthrôpois, timên kai doxan kai plouton epikluzonta kai to echein heautôi ho ti bouloito kechrêsthai kai adeôs, dia te methên nukta kai hêmeran ouk eidenai oute anatellonta kai duomenon kathoran hêlion, isa kai ouranou einai nomisas tên metaklêsin, ek tôn alupôn kai diakechumenôn pros oligôrian diatribôn aporrêxas heauton kai katateinas tên psuchên eis philodoxian, barus anastas ek Pamphulias epi Ludian anestrephen, hôs an dê tis basileuôn, ê ton ge basilea kai ton eunouchon kata parergon ti paidian thêsomenos, ei bouloito.
Under the Emperor Theodosius [n. below1], Timasius was a general and then consul beginning in 389 CE (Smith, p. 1136; PLRE, p. 914; gamma 78; and pi 855).
[1] Theodosius I (The Great) (346-395) (OCD(4) s.v. Theodosius(2) and theta 144).
[2] Eutropius (epsilon 3776, epsilon 3777, and OCD(4) s.v. Eutropius(2)) was minister (395-399) under Arcadius [n. 3 below] and in 396 summoned Timasius to Constantinople (cf. gamma 78) from Pamphylia [n. 4 below].
[3] The court is that of Emperor Arcadius, who succeeeded Theodosius and ruled in the east 383-408; OCD(4) s.v. Arcadius(2).
[4] Pamphylia (OCD(4) s.v.) is a territory in southern Asia Minor (present-day Turkey).
[5] Lydia (OCD(4) s.v.) is a region in western Asia Minor (present-day Turkey); cf. lambda 783.
[6] Arcadius and Eutropius, respectively [nn. 2-3 above].
[7] Eunapius fr.70 FHG (4.44-5); Blockley, pp. 96-7. Adler reports that this passage follows ms A, whereas pi 855 renders it paidia/n tina qhso/menos (assuming some kind of child's play).
W. Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. III, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1867
A.H.M. Jones, J.R. Martindale, and J. Morris, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, vol. I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992
R.C. Blockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, vol. II, Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
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Translated by: Ronald Allen on 10 June 2008@00:53:00.
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David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 June 2008@02:49:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 13 July 2008@22:36:49.
David Whitehead (more such tweaking) on 16 June 2011@07:00:38.
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