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Headword: Χρηματισμός
Adler number: chi,486
Translated headword: business, money-making
Vetting Status: high
"Everyone was assigned the task of doing business."[1] That is, administration.
And elsewhere: "receiving the ambassadors readily, he did business with them."[2] Meaning he took counsel, he had conversation.
And elsewhere: "[he] having established himself on a sound financial footing [...]."[3]
[Note] that Damascius says, "doing business" [that is, the gathering of money] "seemed in no way to those in the underworld like a help, nor did luxury nor these gussied-up honors which politicians and those who are blessed by many as fortunate men (who in truth are unfortunate) esteem more than anything else."[4]
Greek Original:
Χρηματισμός. πᾶσι δὲ συνετάττετο ποιήσασθαι τοὺς χρηματισμούς. τουτέστι τὰς διοικήσεις. καὶ αὖθις: ὁ δὲ τοὺς πρεσβευτὰς ἑτοίμως δεξάμενος ἐχρημάτιζε τούτοις. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἐκοινολογεῖτο, λόγους ἐδίδου. καὶ αὖθις: ἐν χρηματισμῷ δικαίῳ δὲ καταστάς. ὅτι φησὶ Δαμάσκιος, τὸν χρηματισμόν [τουτέστι τὴν τῶν χρημάτων συλλογήν] μηδὲν φανεῖσθαι τοῖς ἐν ᾅδου πρὸς βοήθειαν, οὐδὲ τὴν τρυφήν, οὐδὲ τὰς πολυαράτους ταύτας τιμάς, ὧν οὐδὲν προτιμῶσιν οἱ πολιτικοὶ καὶ σφόδρα ὑπὸ τῶν πολλῶν μακαριζόμενοι ὡς εὐδαίμονες, ὄντες γε τῇ ἀληθείᾳ κακοδαίμονες.
[1] Quotation (already at sigma 1515) unidentifiable.
[2] Appian in Anecdota Graeca (ed. Bekker) 179.21. This quotation does not use the headword, but a form of the verb χρηματίζω ; see also chi 481.
[3] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 189 Zintzen (216 Asmus); quoted more fully at alpha 4174.
[4] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 343 Zintzen (123 Asmus).
Keywords: biography; constitution; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; historiography; history; politics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 April 2008@04:00:45.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, set status) on 5 April 2008@23:22:47.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 April 2008@05:55:32.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added cross-reference) on 16 September 2010@00:29:30.
David Whitehead (tweaked n.1) on 14 April 2011@09:35:06.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@05:55:28.


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