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Headword: *)=w fw=s
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:
*)=w fw=s, kakoi=si toi=s e)moi=sin, h(=ke kai\ to\n fi/lon a)po/deicon deome/nw| th=s sh=s decia=s. genou= th\n teleutai/an xrei/an *miqrida/ths a)/llos e)moi/: tau=ta/ fhsi *miqrida/ths piw\n fa/rmakon kai\ dusqanatw=n.
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 fw=s, 'light', but perhaps fw/s, 'man'?
[2] In place of 'another Mithridates' Bernhardy suggested *miqrida/th| a)nti/palos 'an adversary to Mithridates.'
Keywords: biography; ethics; historiography; history; imagery; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 September 2005@07:48:07.
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Ross Scaife ✝ (upped status) on 7 September 2005@12:44:55.
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