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Headword: Ἄγγαρος
Adler number: alpha,164
Translated headword: angaros, courier
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This is what the Persians used to call the royal messengers.[1]
"He sent one of his most trusty men as messenger [ἄγγαρος ] to the Babylonian" - because of the nobleman Parsondes.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἄγγαρος: οὕτως ἐκάλουν οἱ Πέρσαι τοὺς βασιλέων ἀγγέλους. πέμπει τῶν πιστοτάτων ἄγγαρον παρὰ τὸν Βαβυλώνιον διὰ Παρσώνδην τὸν ἄριστον.
Notes:
See also alpha 162, alpha 163, and alpha 165.
[1] cf. Etymologicum Magnum 7.24.
[2] Nicolaus of Damascus FGrH 90 F4 (vol. IIA p. 333), with an explanatory gloss drawn from the context of the quotation; cf. pi 731. [Additional note contributed by Jan Stronk. The context of this situation is as follows: there were two rivals, Nanaros and Parsondes. The latter wanted the position of the former, because he thought Nanaros too effeminate. Nanaros heard of Parsondes' schemes and, with the help of some merchants, captured him. Nanaros then ordered one of his eunuchs to dress Parsondes as a woman, teach him to sing and dance like a woman etc. Parsondes' ordeal continued for 7 years, until he succeeded in warning the king, his friend. The king sent a messenger, the ἄγγαρος , to Nanaros to demand Parsondes' release.]
Keywords: biography; definition; geography; historiography; history
Translated by: Gregory Hays on 16 December 2004@08:24:52.
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