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Headword: Ἀριστόνικος
Adler number: alpha,3925
Translated headword: Aristonikos, Aristonicus
Vetting Status: high
He was the eunuch of king Ptolemy [V Epiphanes] of Egypt, but had been brought up with the king from childhood. As his age advanced, he had the courage and character of a man rather than [that] of a eunuch. For he was also a military man by nature and spent most of his life among such men and in these [pursuits]. He was also sufficiently capable in conversation and had a liberal mentality, which is rare. In addition to these things this noble man was naturally disposed to benefitting mankind.
Greek Original:
Ἀριστόνικος, ὁ τοῦ Πτολεμαίου τοῦ βασιλέως Αἰγύπτου εὐνοῦχος μὲν ἦν, ἐκ παιδίου δ' ἐγεγόνει σύντροφος τῷ βασιλεῖ. τῆς δ' ἡλικίας προβαινούσης ἀνδρωδεστέραν εἶχεν ἢ κατ' εὐνοῦχον τόλμαν καὶ προαίρεσιν. καὶ γὰρ φύσει στρατιωτικὸς ἦν καὶ τὴν πλείστην διατριβὴν ἐποιεῖτο ἐν τούτοις καὶ περὶ ταῦτα. παραπλησίως καὶ κατὰ τὰς ἐντεύξεις ἱκανὸς ὑπῆρχε καὶ τὸν κοινὸν νοῦν εἶχεν, ὃ σπάνιόν ἐστι. πρὸς δὲ τούτοις πρὸς εὐεργεσίαν ἀνθρώπων ἐπεφύκει καλός.
From Polybius 22.22 (repeated under epsilon 3604). Time: 185/4 BCE.
Keywords: biography; children; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 July 2001@16:30:42.
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David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 31 July 2001@04:05:48.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 24 August 2002@12:16:02.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 10 November 2005@09:12:29.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 12 April 2012@05:31:39.


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