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Headword: Βάρος
Adler number: beta,121
Translated headword: weight, influence, gravitas, dignity
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Concerning Polemon [it has been written]: "he had gravitas of a kind found in some Dorian household management".[1]
"Both foreseeing and fearing the influence and the quarrelsomeness of mankind." Meaning the bulk, the strength. Polybius says [this].[2]
And elsewhere: "having taken note of the fortification of Sikyon and the influence of the city of Argos [Myth, Place] [Aemilius] came to Epidauros".[3]
And elsewhere: "they busied themselves with the detail of the position and influence of the city [of Alexandria]".[4]
"For no dignity comes to me from these [mere words]: what encourages me to give my life lustre is not words but actions".[5]
Greek Original:
Βάρος: περὶ Πολέμωνος: ἦν δὲ καὶ τὸ βάρος οἱονεὶ Δώριός τις οἰκονομία. προορώμενος δὲ καὶ κατορρωδῶν τὸ βάρος καὶ τὸ φιλόνεικον τῶν ἀνθρώπων. ἀντὶ τοῦ τὸ πλῆθος, τὴν ἰσχύν. Πολύβιός φησι. καὶ αὖθις: ἐπισημηνάμενος δὲ τοῦ Σικυῶνος τὴν ὀχυρότητα καὶ τὸ βάρος τῆς τῶν Ἀργείων πόλεως ἦλθεν εἰς Ἐπίδαυρον. καὶ αὖθις: ἐπολυπραγμόνησαν ἀκριβῶς τῆς πόλεως τὴν θέσιν καὶ τὸ βάρος. βάρος γὰρ ἡμᾶς οὐδὲν ἐκ τούτων ἔχει. οὐ γὰρ λόγοισι τὸν βίον σπουδάζομεν λαμπρὸν ποιεῖσθαι μᾶλλον, ἢ τοῖς δρωμένοις.
Notes:
cf. beta 120.
[1] A ghastly garbling of Diogenes Laertius 4.19, which reads οἱονεὶ τῆς δωριστὶ ἁρμονίας , "of the kind found in music in the Dorian mode".
[2] Polybius fr. 25 Büttner-Wobst. Büttner-Wobst follows (p. 517) Dindorf in opting for the alternative spelling φιλόνικον instead of the Suda's φιλόνεικον .
[3] Polybius 30.10.4.
[4] Diodorus Siculus 33.28a (28b in Loeb edition); cf. iota 111.
[5] Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 1142-44 (Theseus speaking).
Reference:
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
Keywords: biography; geography; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; meter and music; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 August 2001@11:03:52.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 13 December 2001@20:38:16.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; restorative and other cosmetics) on 17 September 2002@06:14:50.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 21 May 2012@08:16:43.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography) on 4 August 2018@22:44:24.

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