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Headword: φῶς
Adler number: omega,280
Translated headword: o light
Vetting Status: high
"[O light],[1] [remedy?] for my own own evils, come and announce the friend to one who is in need of your right hand. Become the final service, another Mithridates, for me".[2] Mithridates says this when taking poison and longing for death.
Greek Original:
Ὦ φῶς, κακοῖσι τοῖς ἐμοῖσιν, ἧκε καὶ τὸν φίλον ἀπόδειξον δεομένῳ τῆς σῆς δεξιᾶς. γενοῦ τὴν τελευταίαν χρείαν Μιθριδάτης ἄλλος ἐμοί: ταῦτά φησι Μιθριδάτης πιὼν φάρμακον καὶ δυσθανατῶν.
This mangled passage is unidentifiable as such, but the Mithridates in question must be the sixth and best-known Hellenistic king of Pontus (120-63 BCE) to bear that name (mu 1044 and elsewhere), which is more properly Mithradates. When deposed by his son Pharnaces, and '[i]nured to poison by years of practice, he had to ask an obliging Gallic bodyguard to run him through with a sword' (Brian McGing in OCD(4) s.v.) See also under mu 113, pi 2024, phi 858.
[1] Adler does print φῶς , light, but perhaps φώς , man?
[2] In place of 'another Mithridates' Bernhardy suggested Μιθριδάτῃ ἀντίπαλος "an adversary to Mithridates."
Keywords: biography; ethics; historiography; history; imagery; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 September 2005@07:48:07.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ (upped status) on 7 September 2005@12:44:55.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 7 September 2005@18:10:12.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 8 September 2005@03:20:32.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 8 August 2011@10:23:51.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 4 June 2014@22:20:57.
David Whitehead on 5 August 2014@04:25:01.


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