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Headword: *)epikekhruxe/nai
Adler number: epsilon,2360
Translated headword: to have proclaimed a price on someone's head
Vetting Status: high
Whenever a city or a ruler wanted someone outside their control to be done away with, an announcement used to be made promising money to the man who did away with him or took him alive; an example is the proclamation of the Greeks to the effect that they would give 100 talents to the man who brought Xerxes to Athens, whether alive or dead.
Greek Original:
*)epikekhruxe/nai: o(po/te bou/loito po/lis h)\ a)/rxwn a)naireqh=nai/ tina tw=n mh\ u(f' e(autoi=s, e)kh/rutte dw/sein xrh/mata tw=| a)nelo/nti h)\ kai\ zw=nta prosagago/nti: kaqa\ kai\ *ce/rchn e)pekh/rucan oi( *(/ellhnes tw=| katagago/nti h)\ zw=nta h)\ teqnhko/ta *)aqh/naze r# dw/sein ta/lanta.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v., commenting on the appearance of the headword -- a perfect infinitive -- in Demosthenes 19.22 (cf. 35, 74): D. claims that the Thebans had done this to Aeschines.
On Xerxes, king of Persia, see generally xi 54.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; history; law; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 14 November 2000@06:13:51.
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Catharine Roth (added note) on 12 April 2003@15:55:09.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 13 April 2003@06:45:14.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 30 November 2005@10:10:47.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 July 2011@08:52:32.


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