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Headword: Βλακεύεται
Adler number: beta,316
Translated headword: gets lazy, is lazy
Vetting Status: high
[Βλακεύεται ] and βλακεύει : [meaning he/she/it] acts soft.[1]
Damascius [writes]: "and spurring on with his speech those who were lazy in action. For idleness he considered not of less account than any [other] evil, but by far the greatest of all."[2]
And Xenophon [writes]: "if someone of those assigned to this seemed to him to be getting lazy, he would call out the deserving man and strike him with his staff."[3]
Greek Original:
Βλακεύεται καὶ Βλακεύει: μαλακίζεται. Δαμάσκιος: καὶ παροξύνων τῷ λόγῳ τοὺς ἐν ἔργῳ βλακεύοντας. οὐδεμιᾶς γοῦν ἐτίθετο κακίας ἐλάττω τὴν ῥᾳθυμίαν, ἁπασῶν δὲ σχεδὸν τὴν μεγίστην. καὶ Ξενοφῶν: εἴ τις αὐτῷ δοκοίη τῶν πρὸς τοῦτο τεταγμένων βλακεύειν, ἐκλεγόμενος τὸν ἐπιτήδειον ἔπαιεν ἂν τῇ βακτηρίᾳ.
cf. generally beta 314, beta 315, beta 317, beta 318, beta 319.
[1] The twin headwords are the middle and active forms (third person singular, present indicative) of the verb βλακεύω ; same glossing in Photius and elsewhere.
[2] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 21 Zintzen (237 Asmus, 16A Athanassiadi).
[3] An approximation of Xenophon, Anabasis 2.3.11 (web address 1 below), on the disciplinary methods of Klearchos. Again, even looser, at epsilon 2687.
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 22 September 2001@20:57:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 23 September 2001@09:49:25.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 15 September 2003@03:54:39.
David Whitehead (modified translation) on 15 September 2003@03:58:44.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 22 February 2004@01:29:09.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 29 May 2012@04:22:33.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 19 June 2012@02:09:21.


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