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Headword: Asklêpiodotos
Adler number: alpha,4174
Translated headword: Asklepiodotos, Asclepiodotus
Vetting Status: high
This man from earliest childhood was agreed to be the keenest and most learned of his age-mates, to the extent that he did not stop busying himself with each of the things which he happened upon, both the marvels which nature produced and the creations which every art provided. For instance, in a short time he came to a complete understanding of all the mixtures of dye colors and of the manifold dyes used in decorating clothing, and furthermore the many differences of woods, how their fibers are disposed concerning straightness and curvature. But still further, the various properties and types of stones and plants, those lying near to hand and those which were rarer, were investigated and discovered by every means. He proved a great nuisance to those who made their living in each of these areas when he would sit down beside them for a long time and question them about each thing in the most minute detail. He held the inquiry into plants in rather high esteem and still more the [inquiry into] animals, and he investigated the local ones by observation and inquired into those which were not possible [to see] by report, up to the ends of the earth, reading over as much as the ancients had recorded about them. He was an Alexandrian by birth. Thus, I know by frequent experience that this man propounded well the goodly sect and did not fall far short of his father at all in his righteous zeal and in the sort of intense and passionate hope that leads to the divine;[1] however, he was more philosophical than that man and was equipped with other preparatory education. Accordingly, the city of Aphrodite ascended in his time toward greater holiness. Already he had expelled abominable practices into the hinterlands, and into Alexandria, which worshipped Osiris and served as high priestess of the East.[2] In addition to his loftiness he was easy-going and the company he provided to those whom he met was very pleasant. He was of a good disposition from childhood up until his old age, and he brought many innovations sprung from his own nature into the rites, for which he managed the adornment of the images and assigned hymns. Though he was a thrifty household manager and a farmer, when his father died he had to pay back many debts.[3] Having established himself on a sound financial footing[4] he nevertheless incurred great expenses, on account of his religious inclination and other political ambition which seemed to be necessary and customary for his family. As a result he himself was later compelled to leave an indebted estate to his daughters. Let these things be recorded by me rendering small favors in return for great.[5]
Look in [the entry on] deisidaimonia ["religious awe"].[6]
Greek Original:
Asklêpiodotos: houtos ek paidôn euthus hômologeito oxutatos kai polumathestatos einai tôn hêlikiôtôn, hôste kai polupragmonôn ouden epaueto peri hekastou tôn parapiptontôn, hôn hê te hê phusis apergazetai thaumasiôn kai technê hekastê parechetai dêmiourgêmatôn. en goun oligôi chronôi pantapasi katanenoêkei tôn te baphikôn chrômatôn tas mixeis hapasas kai tôn peri esthêta kosmoumenôn bammatôn pantodapôn, eti de tôn xulôn tas murias diaphorotêtas, hopôs autôn hai ines echousin euthutêtos peri kai diaplokês. alla mentoi lithôn kai botanôn hai poikilai dunameis te kai ideai, tôn te en posi keimenôn kai tôn spaniôtatôn, anezêtounto kai heuriskonto pasêi mêchanêi. ochlon de pareicheto polun tois peri hekasta diatribousi parakathêmenos te suchna kai peri hekastou anerôtôn es to akribestaton. tên de peri phutôn historian epi meizonos êgapa timês, kai eti mallon tên peri zôiôn, ta te enonta dia tês opseôs anakrinôn kai ta mê dunata dia tês akoês exetazôn epi to makrotaton, hosa te tois presbutais anagegraptai peri toutôn analegomenos. ên de Alexandreus to genos. touton oun epistamai dia peiras suchnês eu mala tên te agathoeidê proairesin probeblêmenon kai tou patros ou polu ti leipomenon kata tên eusebê prothumian kai tên pros to theion anagomenên elpida suntonon te kai erôtikên: philosophounta mentoi huper ekeinon kai têi allêi propaideiai kekosmêmenon. toigaroun anethêlen ep' autou hê polis tês Aphroditês eis to hierôteron. êdê de kai es tas huperorious apôikise tên aporrêton themin, es te Alexandreian tên Osirazousan kai tês heô pollachêi tên mageuousan. genomenos de pros tôi semnôi kai eutrapelos hêdistên pareicheto tois entunchanousi tên autou sundiaitêsin. euphuês de ek paidôn gegonôs achri gêrôs polla suneisênenken eis ta hiera tês oikeias phuseôs ekgona mêchanêmata, agalmata te diakosmôn kai humnous prostitheis estin hois. oikonomikos de ôn kai geôrgikos, apothanontos autôi tou patros, apetise chrea polla. en chrêmatismôi de dikaiôi katastas homôs en dapanêmasi megalois egeneto, tês te hieras heineka proaireseôs kai tês allês politikês philotimias anankaias einai dokousês kai tôi oikôi sunêthous. hôste ênankasthê kai autos husteron hupochreôn tên ousian katalipein tais thugatrasi. tauta anagegraphthô moi charisia oliga anti pollôn apodidonti. zêtei en tôi deisidaimonia.
From Damascius, Life of Isidore frr. 183, 185, 204, 219, 349 Zintzen (114, 119, 129, 135, 216 Asmus). For other entries relating to Asklepiodotos (aside from those mentioned below), cf. delta 954, delta 1335, kappa 1537.
[1] Again at delta 695.
[2] Again at omicron 694.
[3] Already at alpha 3312.
[4] Again at chi 486.
[5] Again at chi 121.
[6] delta 368.
Keywords: agriculture; art history; biography; botany; children; clothing; daily life; economics; ethics; geography; history; law; meter and music; philosophy; religion; science and technology; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 June 2002@12:36:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 10 June 2002@04:12:03.
William Hutton (modified translation, augmented note, added keywords, cosmetics) on 21 October 2003@10:04:51.
David Whitehead (typo) on 21 October 2003@10:57:18.
David Whitehead (typo; another keyword) on 2 October 2005@11:12:34.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 4 December 2005@08:28:01.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references and keyword) on 16 September 2010@00:26:39.
David Whitehead on 24 April 2012@09:52:38.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 1 July 2023@01:05:31.


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