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Headword: *)aristote/lhs
Adler number: alpha,3930
Translated headword: Aristotle, Aristoteles
Vetting Status: high
"Timaios[1] says against Aristotle that he was arrogant, reckless, and headstrong . . . (but not)[2] a pedantic and detestable sophist who had just locked up his precious surgeon's shop, and who besides [this] had forced his way into every court and onto every stage and was a glutton and epicure catering for his mouth in everything. I think that surely such language could scarcely be tolerated even from the lips of some unscrupulous knave making random accusations in a law court."[3]
Aristotle was a clerk by nature, steeping his pen in intellect; from whom perhaps it was not necessary to seek anything useful, even if it is more technical and exceptionally worked out.[4]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] Aristotelian speech.
Greek Original:
*)aristote/lhs: *ti/maio/s fhsi kata\ *)aristote/lous ei)=nai au)to\n eu)xerh=, qrasu\n, propeth=: a)ll' ou) sofisth\n o)yimaqh=, mishto\n u(pa/rxonta, kai\ to\ poluti/mhton i)atrei=on a)pokekleiko/ta, kai\ pro\s pa=san au)lh\n kai\ skhnh\n e)mpephdhko/ta. pro\s de\ gastri/margon, o)yartuth\n, e)pi\ sto/ma fero/menon e)n pa=si. dokei= dh/ moi ta\ toiau=ta mo/lis a)/nqrwpos a)gu/rths kai\ propeth\s e)pi\ dikasthri/ou r(iyologw=n a)nekto\s fanh=nai. o(/ti *)aristote/lhs th=s fu/sews grammateu\s h)=n, to\n ka/lamon a)pobre/xwn ei)s nou=n: o(\n ou)de\n i)/sws e)xrh=n tw=n xrhsi/mwn, ei) kai\ texnikw/tero/n e)sti kai\ peritto/teron e)ceirgasme/non, paraitei=sqai. kai\ *)aristote/leios lo/gos.
For Aristotle see already alpha 3929.
[1] Timaios (Timaeus) of Tauromenion, historian, C4/3 BCE; see generally tau 600 and 602. The present extract from him, preserved by Polybios (n.3 below), is FGrH 566 F156.
[2] The "but not" belongs to the second part of an antithesis, of which the Suda omits the first part; these are still assertions made by Timaios about Aristotle.
[3] Polybios 12.8.2-5, translated by W.R. Paton.
[4] Source unknown but evidently, again, hostile. (The label "clerk", grammateu/s, might just be a variant on "scholar", grammatiko/s, but in context there is no good reason to think so.)
On the criticisms of Aristotle by Timaeus see generally F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, ii (Oxford 1967) 330-353, esp. 330-1; L. Pearson, The Greek Historians of the West (Atlanta 1987) 98-101
Keywords: biography; ethics; food; historiography; imagery; medicine; philosophy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 October 2000@21:39:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes; added bibliography) on 18 March 2001@11:08:49.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 25 August 2002@04:29:44.
David Whitehead (retrieved keywords and added more; cosmetics) on 12 April 2012@05:49:26.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 April 2012@02:09:22.


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