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Headword: Ἀντίπατρος
Adler number: alpha,2705
Translated headword: Antipatros, Antipater
Vetting Status: high
The father of Nicolaus the Damascene, the historian, who had to wife Stratonice, the mother of Nicolaus; they were famous in Damascus for both moderation and other distinctions. For they were both very preeminent in wealth yet put on airs because of it as little as possible, and they assigned prime importance to good repute while not considering this something to be spoken of at length. And Antipater was preeminent in shrewdness of reason and did not harm anyone at all, but he helped thousands, not only those of his household, but also many of the townspeople. For if anyone practiced justice, he did: numerous were the disputes in which he adjudicated, both within the citizen-body and between his city and the surrounding dynasts; and he was esteemed by all on account of this. He was entrusted with many diplomatic missions and [similar] tasks, and he passed through the normal career offices; and at the end of his life he gave his son Nicolaus and his [Nicolaus'] brother Ptolemy a single instruction, to prepare for Zeus a censer which he himself had beforehand promised to the god when he should die - showing, I think, that even those who are dying and not anticipating further enjoyment in life should protect what is holy to the gods.
Greek Original:
Ἀντίπατρος, Νικολάου τοῦ Δαμασκηνοῦ πατὴρ τοῦ ἱστορικοῦ, ὃς ἔσχε Στρατονίκην γυναῖκα, τὴν μητέρα Νικολάου, οἳ διαφανεῖς ἦσαν ἐν Δαμασκῷ κατά τε σωφροσύνην καὶ ἄλλην λαμπρότητα. πλούτῳ τε γὰρ πολλῷ διαφέροντες ἥκιστα ἐπ' αὐτῷ ἐμεγαλύνοντο, εὐδοξίας τε οὐ τὰ δεύτερα φερόμενοι βραχὺ τοῦτο ἐλογίζοντο. ὁ δὲ δὴ Ἀντίπατρος καὶ λόγου δεινότητι προὔχων ἔβλαψε μὲν οὐδ' ὁντινοῦν, ὤνησε δὲ μυρία τούτῳ οὐ τῶν κοινῶν μόνων, ἀλλὰ καὶ τῶν ἀστῶν συχνούς. δικαιοσύνην γὰρ ἀσκῶν, εἴπερ τις ἕτερος, πλεῖστα μὲν διῄτησε νείκη τοῖς πολίταις πρὸς ἀλλήλους, πλεῖστα δὲ τῇ πατρίδι πρὸς τοὺς ἐν κύκλῳ δυνάστας: καὶ ἐτιμᾶτο ὑπὸ πάντων διὰ τοῦτο. πλείστας δὲ ἐπιστεύθη πρεσβείας καὶ ἐπιτροπὰς ἀρχάς τε πάσας διεξῆλθε τὰς ἐγχωρίους: τελευτῶν τε τὸν βίον οὐκ ἔστιν ὅ τι οὐκ ἐπέσκηψε Νικολάῳ τῷ υἱεῖ καὶ Πτολεμαίῳ τῷ τούτου ἀδελφῷ, ἢ τῷ Διὶ̈ θυμιατήριον, ὅπερ ἔφθη αὐτὸς προϋπεσχημένος τῷ θεῷ, κατασκευάσαι, ἐπειδὰν τελευτήσῃ: δηλῶν οἶμαι ὅτι τὸ πρὸς θεοὺς ὅσιον δεῖ καὶ τελευτῶντας φυλάττειν καὶ μηδὲν ἔτι ἀπολαύσεσθαι τοῦ βίου μέλλοντας.
Nicolaus FGrH 90 F131. (For Nicolaus see generally nu 393.)
Keywords: biography; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; law; politics; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 15 October 2001@15:56:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keywords) on 16 October 2001@07:55:50.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 15 August 2002@04:10:09.
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