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Headword: Μύσκελλος
Adler number: mu,1473
Translated headword: Myskellos, Myscellus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man, when an oracle had been delivered, considered health worth more than wealth. This was the oracle: "Having a populace to inhabit a land and a city you came to inquire of Phoibos which land to go to; but come on, think: which of these boons would you choose: to have wealth in possessions or very delightful health?" When they heard this Archias chose wealth - and indeed the Syracusans [are] wealthy - but Myskellos chose health, and the Crotoniates are hearty.
Greek Original:
Μύσκελλος: οὗτος χρησμοῦ δοθέντος, τὴν ὑγείαν τοῦ πλούτου προκρίνει. ὁ δὲ χρησμὸς οὗτος: χώρης καὶ πόλεως οἰκήτορα λαὸν ἔχοντες, ἤλθετ' ἐρησόμενοι Φοῖβον, τίνα γαῖαν ἵκησθε: ἀλλ' ἄγε δὴ φράζεσθ', ἀγαθῶν πότερόν κεν ἕλοισθε, πλοῦτον ἔχειν κτεάνων ἢ τερπνοτάτην ὑγίειαν. καὶ ἀκούσαντες ὁ μὲν Ἀρχίας πλοῦτον αἱρεῖται: πλούσιοι γοῦν οἱ Συρακούσιοι: ὁ δὲ Μύσκελλος ὑγείαν: καί εἰσιν ἐρρωμένοι οἱ Κροτωνιᾶται.
Notes:
An abridged version of the story told at alpha 4104 (Aelian fr. 346 Hercher).
For another anecdote involving this Myskellos, see mu 1474.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; medicine; meter and music; poetry; politics; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 25 November 2009@23:13:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 26 November 2009@03:59:06.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@04:24:27.

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