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Headword: *koino\s *(ermh=s
Adler number: kappa,2560
Translated headword: Hermes [is] common
Vetting Status: high
They say that since Hermes was the greatest of thieves he established that stolen goods should be in common,[1] and that it should be compulsory for those who steal on their own to distribute [sc. the loot] to the common people. But some [sc. say that the expression arises], because Hermes, considering reason to be a common possession, did everything through it.
Greek Original:
*koino\s *(ermh=s: fasi\n o(/ti klepti/statos geno/menos o( *(ermh=s kate/deice koina\ ei)=nai ta\ fw/ria, kai\ toi=s kata\ mo/nas kle/ptousin e)pa/nagkes ei)=nai pro\s tou\s koinou\s diane/mesqai. oi( de/, o(/ti to\n lo/gon e)/xwn koinwniko\n o( *(ermh=s e)poi/hse pa/nta di' au)tou=.
The expression generally refers to the notion that unexpected windfalls and found items should be shared with others. See for instance Menander, Epitrepontes 284; Aristotle, Rhetoric 2.24.3 (1401a; web address 1).
On the many possible senses of koino/s when applied to individuals see LSJ s.v., IV.
[1] cf. Diogenianus 5.38, Apostolius 10.1.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; imagery; law; mythology; philosophy; poetry; proverbs; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 27 April 2008@04:05:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 27 April 2008@04:22:45.
David Whitehead on 19 March 2013@06:42:36.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 17 February 2020@00:51:48.


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