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Headword: *decio/s
Adler number: delta,233
Translated headword: clever, fortunate
Vetting Status: high
Also [meaning] one with aptitude.
"In the time of Justinian, there was one Peter called Barsumês who sat at the money-exchange table and took shameful profits from this work, contriving rather well the theft in the case of the obols and throwing off the ones who fell in with him by his quickness:[1] for he was clever at stealing."[2]
And elsewhere: "by a fortunate chance he became master of Rome."[3]
"After a retaliatory ambush had fortunately happened, a crown of green dog's-tooth grass was given to the first Publius by the Romans."[4] [Fortunately] meaning fittingly.
And Arrian [writes]: "he went over to Mannos, having both transgressed pledges that he gave to a king/emperor and having trampled on oaths that he swore."[5]
Greek Original:
*decio/s: kai\ o( eu)xerh/s. e)pi\ *)ioustinianou= *pe/tros tis h)=n *barsu/mhs ou(/tw kalou/menos, o(\s e)pi\ th=s trape/zhs tou= xalkou= kaqh/menos ke/rdh ai)sxra\ e)pori/zeto e)k tau/ths th=s e)rgasi/as, th\n peri\ tou\s o)bolou\s kloph\n eu)= ma/la texna/zwn kai\ tou\s au)tw=| cumba/llontas a)ei\ ta/xei e)kkrou/wn: decio\s ga\r h)=n kle/yai. kai\ au)=qis: o( de\ decia=| xrhsa/menos tu/xh| e)kuri/euse *(rw/mhs. o(/ti prw/tw| *popli/w| e)lloxh/sews a)moibh=s deciw=s genome/nhs u(po\ *(rwmai/wn e)do/qh ste/fanos a)grw/stews xlwra=s. a)nti\ a(rmodi/ws. kai\ *)arriano/s: o( de\ para\ *ma/nnon a)pexw/rhse decia/s te paraba/s, a(\s basilei= e)/dwke, kai\ o(/rkous path/sas, ou(\s w)/mose.
For this headword see already delta 232 (which presumably explains the introductory 'Also' here) and again delta 234.
[1] The phrase "of his fingers" [tw=n daktu/lwn] in Procopius -- see next note -- has been omitted in the version here.
[2] Procopius, Secret History 22.3-4; cf. theta 141.
[3] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable.
[4] Quotation (again under pi 2054) unidentifiable, but compare generally Livy 7.37.2 on the tribunus militum Publius Decius: legiones gramineam coronam obsidialem, clamore donum approbantes, Decio imponunt.
[5] See under alpha 3106.
Keywords: biography; botany; chronology; definition; economics; ethics; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 May 2004@14:36:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented and modified notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 20 May 2004@04:21:00.
David Whitehead (further changes to translation) on 20 May 2004@11:05:42.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; more keywords) on 18 July 2011@08:53:08.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2012@09:24:27.
David Whitehead (expanded n.4) on 27 January 2014@03:18:29.
David Whitehead on 11 October 2015@04:20:12.
Catharine Roth (italics) on 15 July 2016@21:49:50.
Catharine Roth (betacode) on 7 July 2020@18:36:16.


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