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Headword: Μικρολόγος
Adler number: mu,1048
Translated headword: petty-minded, reckoning within narrow margins
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one who is] short-sighted, parsimonious.[1]
And Eunapius [writes]: "with Hormisdas[2] the Persian within a narrow margin of having reversed the circumstances [...]"[3]
Greek Original:
Μικρολόγος: σκνιπός, φειδωλός. καὶ Εὐνάπιος: μικροῦ τὰ πράγματα μετακινήσαντος Ὁρμίσδου τοῦ Πέρσου.
cf. alpha 2247, where the current headword is used as a gloss, and sigma 738.
[1] = Synagoge mu220 (Lexica Segueriana 301.29), Photius mu448 Theodoridis; cf. Phrynichus, Praeparatio sophistica fr. 336. The glosses also appear as either glosses or lemmas at lambda 608, sigma 632, sigma 738, and phi 250.
[2] Hormisdas (Hormizd; cf. Jones, et al., s.v. Hormisdas 3, p. 443; mu 230 (end)) was proconsul Asiae in 365-366 under Procopius (ibid., pp. 742-743), who led the rebellion against Valens, Roman emperor 364-378 CE (OCD(4) s.v., omicron 764). The present passage apparently refers to Hormisdas' near victory in 366 over Valens at Thyatira (Jones, op. cit., p. 443), which is the present-day city of Akhisar, in western Turkey. Three other Suda entries contain Eunapian fragments pertaining to these events: epsilon 936 (so Bernhardy), chi 108, and pi 380 (Blockley, p. 138).
[3] Eunapius fr. 34 FHG (4.27); Blockley, Eunapius fr. 34.8. A fragment of the same quotation appears again at mu 1056, without reference to Hormisdas. The only relation this quotation has to the headword is that it contains the word μικροῦ , genitive of the adjective meaning 'small', 'narrow' or 'petty' which also forms part of the headword. In the genitive, μικρός can perform an adverbial function, meaning 'almost' or (as translated here) 'within a narrow margin'; see LSJ s.v. μικρός , Smyth §1399 and mu 1056.
H.W. Smyth, Greek Grammar, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956
A.H.M. Jones, J.R. Martindale, and J. Morris The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, vol. I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971
R.C. Blockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, vol. II, Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
Keywords: biography; chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 6 March 2008@02:02:38.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics; another x-ref; another keyword) on 6 March 2008@05:54:59.
William Hutton (modified translation, re-structured notes) on 8 March 2008@07:33:46.
William Hutton (typo and tweaks, raised status) on 9 March 2008@08:14:03.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 22 May 2013@09:09:47.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@08:47:24.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 20 December 2014@00:56:23.
Aaron Baker (Modified Blockley cite.) on 28 March 2015@15:39:03.


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