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Headword: *me/lhtos
Adler number: mu,496
Translated headword: Meletos, Meletus
Vetting Status: high
Son of Laros,[1] Athenian, orator. This man, together with Anytos, indicted Socrates. There are also tragedies which are his work. He was stoned [to death] by the Athenians. And he lived at the time of Zeno of Elea and Empedokles. This man wrote about existence. He was also a political opponent of Perikles; and as general in charge of the Samians he fought a sea-battle against Sophokles the tragic poet, in the 84th Olympiad.[2]
Greek Original:
*me/lhtos, *la/rou, *)aqhnai=os, r(h/twr. ou(=tos e)gra/yato *swkra/thn meta\ *)anu/tou. pepoi/hntai de\ au)tw=| kai\ tragw|di/ai. kateliqw/qh de\ u(po\ tw=n *)aqhnai/wn. kai\ h)=n e)pi\ tw=n *zh/nwnos tou= *)elea/tou kai\ *)empedokle/ous xro/nwn. ou(=tos e)/graye peri\ tou= o)/ntos. kai\ a)ntepoliteu/sato de\ *periklei=: kai\ u(pe\r *sami/wn strathgh/sas e)nauma/xhse pro\s *sofoklh=n to\n tragiko/n, o)lumpia/di pd#.
This entry begins as one on the Athenian Meletos (for whom cf. mu 495 and mu 498) but switches, at "And he lived...", to quite another man, the philosopher Melissos (sic) of Samos; cf. Diogenes Laertius 9.24.
[1] A bogus, comic patronymic ("Seagull"); father and son actually bore the same name.
[2] 444-441 BCE. He "fought against Sophokles" at that time in the sense that Sophokles was one of the (ten) Athenian generals at the time of the Samian revolt (441/0 BCE).
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; history; law; military affairs; philosophy; politics; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 September 2001@08:05:06.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 4 December 2003@23:00:41.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 5 December 2003@03:26:43.
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