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Headword: Δεκάζεσθαι
Adler number: delta,173
Translated headword: to bribe by tens
Vetting Status: high
[A term] coined from the practice of corrupting with bribes in groups of ten [κατὰ δεκάδα ]. For when certain people wanted to acquire an official position or to influence anything else, they gave things to groups of ten men, to make them their collaborators. From this, with someone taking the money for the sake of collaborating while the best person [to do so] is not present, they call the practice "bribing in tens". Similar to bribing in tens is canvassing for office [ἐριθεύεσθαι ]. That is because "canvassing" comes from paying a wage.[1]
Greek Original:
Δεκάζεσθαι: ἐρρήθη μὲν ἀπὸ τοῦ κατὰ δεκάδα φθείρεσθαι δώροις. ὅτε γὰρ βούλοιντό τινες ἀρχῆς τυχεῖν ἢ ἄλλο τι ἀνύσασθαι, κατὰ δέκα ἀνθρώπους ἐδίδοσάν τινα, ὅπως συμπράττωσιν αὐτοῖς. ἐξ ἐκείνου δὲ ἤδη τὸν λαμβάνοντα ἕνεκα τοῦ συμπράττειν μὴ ἀπαντῶντος τοῦ βελτίστου, δεκάζεσθαί φασιν. ὅμοιον καὶ τὸ ἐριθεύεσθαι τῷ δεκάζεσθαί ἐστιν. καὶ γὰρ ἡ ἐρίθεια εἴρηται ἀπὸ τῆς τοῦ μισθοῦ δόσεως.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
For this topic see also delta 174 (where bibliography is cited) and epsilon 205.
[1] Again at epsilon 2984.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; history; law; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 October 2000@03:37:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keywords) on 26 June 2002@00:54:13.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 26 June 2002@03:05:54.
David Whitehead (added x-ref) on 13 May 2003@09:38:28.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 18 June 2012@05:29:52.
Catharine Roth (betacode) on 29 July 2012@22:58:13.
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