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Headword: Παραβαλεῖν
Adler number: pi,274
Translated headword: to have betrayed, to have given up
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Meaning to have given over. "He sees Melesia[1] and desires her and sends fifteen thousand gold pieces toward persuading[2] her -- and if more were needed, he said he would give [it]; but she did not accept the gift, maintaining that betraying herself to an unknown man and giving away her beauty as if it were an item on sale was [sc. taking] a courtesan's fee."[3]
Greek Original:
Παραβαλεῖν: ἀντὶ τοῦ παραδοῦναι. ὁ δὲ ὁρᾷ τὴν Μελησίαν καὶ ἐρᾷ αὐτῆς καὶ πέμπει πείσων πεντακισχιλίους καὶ μυρίους αὐτῇ χρυσοῦς, καὶ εἰ πλέον ἐδεῖτο, ἔφατο δώσειν: ἡ δὲ οὐ προσεῖτο τὴν δόσιν, ἑταιρικὸν φάσκουσα εἶναι μίσθωμα τὸ ἑαυτὴν παραβαλεῖν ἀνδρὶ ἀγνῶτι καὶ ὥσπερ ὤνιον τὸ κάλλος ἀποδόσθαι.
Notes:
The headword is the aorist (and future) active infinitive of the verb παραβάλλω , I throw beside; see generally LSJ s.v. See also pi 270, pi 271, pi 272, pi 273, pi 275, pi 276, pi 277, pi 278, pi 280, pi 281, and pi 513.
[1] The woman referred to was not Melesia, but rather a Milesian (i.e. from Miletus: Barrington Atlas map 61 grid E2) named Monime; cf. mu 490 note and mu 1060. On this point, Toup cited Plutarch, Lucullus 18.3 (so Adler).
[2] Valckenaer emended πείσων to πειρῶν "tempting", comparing πειρῶντος in Plutarch.
[3] Aelian fr.12 Hercher (12b Domingo-Forasté, pp. 23-4); cf. alpha 287, mu 1123, and pi 2648.
Reference:
D. Domingo-Forasté, ed., Clavdii Aeliani: Epistvlae et Fragmenta, Teubner: Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1994
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; women
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 16 September 2008@00:22:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr; more keywords; cosmetics) on 16 September 2008@04:17:55.
Catharine Roth (updated reference, added note) on 11 April 2011@00:22:45.
David Whitehead on 14 August 2013@04:00:07.

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