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Headword: Parabalein
Adler number: pi,274
Translated headword: to have betrayed, to have given up
Vetting Status: high
Meaning to have given over. "He sees Melesia[1] and desires her and sends fifteen thousand gold pieces toward persuading[2] her -- and if more were needed, he said he would give [it]; but she did not accept the gift, maintaining that betraying herself to an unknown man and giving away her beauty as if it were an item on sale was [sc. taking] a courtesan's fee."[3]
Greek Original:
Parabalein: anti tou paradounai. ho de horai tên Melêsian kai erai autês kai pempei peisôn pentakischilious kai murious autêi chrusous, kai ei pleon edeito, ephato dôsein: hê de ou proseito tên dosin, hetairikon phaskousa einai misthôma to heautên parabalein andri agnôti kai hôsper ônion to kallos apodosthai.
The headword is the aorist (and future) active infinitive of the verb paraba/llw, I throw beside; see generally LSJ s.v. See also pi 270, pi 271, pi 272, pi 273, pi 275, pi 276, pi 277, pi 278, pi 280, pi 281, and pi 513.
[1] The woman referred to was not Melesia, but rather a Milesian (i.e. from Miletus: Barrington Atlas map 61 grid E2) named Monime; cf. mu 490 note and mu 1060. On this point, Toup cited Plutarch, Lucullus 18.3 (so Adler).
[2] Valckenaer emended pei/swn to peirw=n "tempting", comparing peirw=ntos in Plutarch.
[3] Aelian fr.12 Hercher (12b Domingo-Forasté, pp. 23-4); cf. alpha 287, mu 1123, and pi 2648.
D. Domingo-Forasté, ed., Clavdii Aeliani: Epistvlae et Fragmenta, Teubner: Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1994
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; women
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 16 September 2008@00:22:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr; more keywords; cosmetics) on 16 September 2008@04:17:55.
Catharine Roth (updated reference, added note) on 11 April 2011@00:22:45.
David Whitehead on 14 August 2013@04:00:07.


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