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Headword: Borianthos
Adler number: beta,396
Translated headword: Borianthos, Viriathus, Viriatus
Vetting Status: high
"Some barbarians killed Borianthus after he had become tyrant, thinking that by this the general of the Romans would be moved to benevolence. And indeed when some of the murderers of Borianthus approached they expected to obtain prizes from Scipio for their actions concerning that man. But Scipio answered that it was not in any way lawful for the Romans to hold in favor plots attempted by underlings against their generals."
Greek Original:
Borianthos: hoti barbaroi tines kteinousi Borianthon turannêsanta, tautêi prosagesthai ton tôn Rhômaiôn stratêgon hêgoumenoi es eunoian. kai dê aphikomenoi tôn tou Borianthou authentôn tines athla tôn peri ton andra pepragmenôn êxioun para Skipiônos komizesthai. ho de Skipiôn apokrinetai, mêdamôs einai Rhômaiois ennomon en epainôi poieisthai tas kata tôn stratêgôn tois archomenois epicheiroumenas epiboulas.
cf. John of Antioch fr.60 FHG (4.559), now 137 Roberto.
'Scipio' here, twice, should be *Caepio*, i.e. Q. Servilius Caepio, consul in 140 BCE. And 'Borianthos' is better known as Viriat(h)us, the Lusitanian leader at the time of this event (immediately after the so-called Fiery War, pi 3220).
This passage is quoted again in part at epsilon 2241.
Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 June 2002@21:11:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 14 June 2002@03:45:59.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added cross-reference and keyword) on 12 September 2007@00:41:37.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 1 June 2012@04:03:06.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 1 July 2012@00:27:41.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 29 January 2015@04:34:06.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 22 February 2016@02:10:37.
David Whitehead (corrected (and augmented) note, at the prompting of Patrick Tansey) on 19 April 2017@03:11:11.


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