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Headword: *)arkadi/a
Adler number: alpha,3947
Translated headword: Arkadia, Arcadia
Vetting Status: high
A territory.[1] Also a proper name.[2]
"There is a gravestone for Arkadia, the second wife of Zenon, in the Arcadian [baths] in the part near to the group of monuments known as 'Places' in the grounds of the Arch-general, where Zenon tried the followers of Basiliskos and made the place off-limits. [The grave] of his other wife, the first one, Ariadne, and of Zenon himself are in the royal gateway."[3]
And [there is] a proverb: 'are you asking me for Arkadia? You are asking a lot, I will not give it to you.' In reference to those who make large and inconvenient requests.[4]
Greek Original:
*)arkadi/a: xw/ra. kai\ o)/noma ku/rion. o(/ti *)arkadi/as th=s deute/ras gunaiko\s *zh/nwnos sth/lh e)sti\n e)n *)arkadianai=s, e)n toi=s plhsi/on me/resi tw=n ba/qrwn tw=n legome/nwn *to/pwn e)n tw=| tou= *)arxistrath/gou: e)/nqa *zh/nwn e)/krine tou\s meta\ *basili/skou kai\ se/kreton to\n to/pon e)poi/hse. th=s de\ e(te/ras au)tou= gunaiko\s prw/ths *)aria/dnhs kai\ au)tou= *zh/nwnos e)n th=| basilikh=| pu/lh|. kai\ paroimi/a: *)arkadi/hn me ai)tei=s; me/ga me ai)tei=s, ou)/ toi dw/sw: e)pi\ tw=n ta\ mega/la kai\ mh\ sumfe/ronta ai)tou/ntwn.
[Thanks to Jennifer Benedict for some very helpful suggestions on the middle part of this composite entry.]
[1] In the heart of the Peloponnese, in Greece. See already alpha 3946, and generally OCD(4) pp.134-5, s.v. "Arcadia", "Arcadian cults and myths", and "Arcadian League".
[2] See what follows here.
[3] Again at sigma 1084. Adler cites Preger, Scriptores originum Constantinopolitanarum 164.11-17 (= ps.Codinus, Patria Constantinopoleos 2.27). On the emperor Zeno see zeta 83, zeta 84, and web address 1 (Hugh Elton). On Basiliscus see alpha 3970 and beta 164.
[4] See on this Herodotus 1.66: a Delphic oracular response given to the Spartans in respect of their territorial designs on Arkadia in the mid C6 BCE. For this and later references -- to which one should add the paroemiographers, such as Diogenianus 2.69 -- see J. Fontenrose, The Delphic Oracle: its responses and operations (Berkeley 1978) 298, Q88.
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Keywords: architecture; art history; biography; daily life; definition; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; proverbs; religion; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 6 July 2001@13:10:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 7 July 2001@05:21:17.
William Hutton (Modified translation,) on 8 July 2001@11:51:31.
Catharine Roth (added links) on 9 June 2002@20:29:20.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 10 November 2005@09:42:21.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@07:01:00.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 8 August 2013@23:57:56.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 31 July 2014@03:42:37.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 1 November 2015@01:18:33.
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