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Headword: *)arxh/
Adler number: alpha,4091
Translated headword: authority, rule
Vetting Status: high
[sc. There is] the natural [kind], as of a lion among beasts and of eagles among birds; and the elected [kind], as with a king of men.[1]
Marinus says: "the authority became ours, not authority alone, nor [was it] half of everything as the proverb says.[2] [It was] itself the whole of everything."[3]
Greek Original:
*)arxh/, h( me\n fusikh\, w(s le/ontos e)n zw/|ois kai\ a)etw=n e)n o)rne/ois: h( de\ xeirotonhth\, w(s e)pi\ basile/ws a)nqrw/pwn. *mari=no/s fhsi: ge/gone de\ h(mi=n h( a)rxh\ ou)k a)rxh\ mo/non, ou)de\ kata\ th\n paroimi/an h(/misu tou= panto/s. au)to\ de\ o(/lon to\ pa=n.
See also alpha 4092, alpha 4093.
[1] The source of this material (also in ps.-Zonaras) is unidentifiable.
[2] In the proverb arkhe is used in the sense of "beginning": "well begun is half done." See alpha 4097.
[3] Marinus, Life of Proclus 34.
Keywords: biography; constitution; daily life; definition; philosophy; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 April 2001@15:44:51.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Altered wording of one sentence, raised status) on 16 April 2001@11:13:32.
Catharine Roth (added note, cross-reference, keyword) on 21 February 2002@13:51:31.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 25 August 2002@10:42:40.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 June 2007@07:40:55.
David Whitehead (another note) on 23 April 2012@06:20:56.
David Whitehead on 1 September 2015@03:21:25.


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