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Headword: *xrhmatismo/s
Adler number: chi,486
Translated headword: business, money-making
Vetting Status: high
"Everyone was assigned the task of doing business."[1] That is, administration.
And elsewhere: "receiving the ambassadors readily, he did business with them."[2] Meaning he took counsel, he had conversation.
And elsewhere: "[he] having established himself on a sound financial footing [...]."[3]
[Note] that Damascius says, "doing business" [that is, the gathering of money] "seemed in no way to those in the underworld like a help, nor did luxury nor these gussied-up honors which politicians and those who are blessed by many as fortunate men (who in truth are unfortunate) esteem more than anything else."[4]
Greek Original:
*xrhmatismo/s. pa=si de\ suneta/tteto poih/sasqai tou\s xrhmatismou/s. toute/sti ta\s dioikh/seis. kai\ au)=qis: o( de\ tou\s presbeuta\s e(toi/mws deca/menos e)xrhma/tize tou/tois. a)nti\ tou= e)koinologei=to, lo/gous e)di/dou. kai\ au)=qis: e)n xrhmatismw=| dikai/w| de\ katasta/s. o(/ti fhsi\ *dama/skios, to\n xrhmatismo/n [toute/sti th\n tw=n xrhma/twn sullogh/n] mhde\n fanei=sqai toi=s e)n a(/|dou pro\s boh/qeian, ou)de\ th\n trufh/n, ou)de\ ta\s poluara/tous tau/tas tima/s, w(=n ou)de\n protimw=sin oi( politikoi\ kai\ sfo/dra u(po\ tw=n pollw=n makarizo/menoi w(s eu)dai/mones, o)/ntes ge th=| a)lhqei/a| kakodai/mones.
[1] Quotation (already at sigma 1515) unidentifiable.
[2] Appian in Anecdota Graeca (ed. Bekker) 179.21. This quotation does not use the headword, but a form of the verb xrhmati/zw; see also chi 481.
[3] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 189 Zintzen (216 Asmus); quoted more fully at alpha 4174.
[4] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 343 Zintzen (123 Asmus).
Keywords: biography; constitution; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; historiography; history; politics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 April 2008@04:00:45.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, set status) on 5 April 2008@23:22:47.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 April 2008@05:55:32.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added cross-reference) on 16 September 2010@00:29:30.
David Whitehead (tweaked n.1) on 14 April 2011@09:35:06.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@05:55:28.


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