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Headword: Ῥᾳθυμεῖν
Adler number: rho,23
Translated headword: to relax
Vetting Status: high
[sc. Means] not, as we say, to spend time on sex, but simply to be idle and to luxuriate; from giving very easy things [rhasta] to the spirit [thumos].[1]
Polybius [writes]: "when everyone was congratulating Publius [= Scipio] [...] and urging him to stop and to relax, since he had put an end to the war, he said that he considered them fortunate in having such opinions."[2]
Greek Original:
Ῥᾳθυμεῖν: οὐχ ὡς ἡμεῖς φαμεν τὸ τοῖς ἀφροδισίοις σχολάζειν, ἀλλὰ ἁπλῶς τὸ ἀργεῖν καὶ τρυφᾶν: παρὰ τὸ τὰ ῥᾷστα τῷ θυμῷ διδόναι. Πολύβιος: πάντων εὐδαιμονιζόντων τὸν Πόπλιον καὶ παρακαλούντων ἀναπαύεσθαι καὶ ῥᾳθυμεῖν, ἐπεὶ πέρας ἐπιτέθεικε τῷ πολέμῳ, μακαρίζειν αὐτοὺς ἔφη, ὅτι τοιαύτας ἔχουσι τὰς διαλήψεις.
cf. rho 24 (and pi 1754).
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius rho27 Theodoridis.
[2] Polybius 11.24a.1, abridged and lightly paraphrased (web address 1).
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 January 2010@06:10:47.
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Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added link, set status) on 23 January 2010@22:06:57.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 24 January 2010@04:35:50.
David Whitehead on 23 August 2011@10:27:08.
David Whitehead on 24 October 2013@09:45:41.


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