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Headword: *)arxh\ a)/ndra dei/knusin
Adler number: alpha,4096
Translated headword: office exposes a man
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverb] applied to those who are decent men before holding office but become violent in the post itself.
They say that this a dictum of Solon's, though Aristotle and Theophrastus [says it is] Bias's.
Greek Original:
*)arxh\ a)/ndra dei/knusin: e)pi\ tw=n pro\ me\n th=s a)rxh=s e)pieikw=n, e)n au)th=| de\ th=| a)rxh=| biai/wn genome/nwn. *so/lwnos de\ ei)=nai/ fasin au)to\ a)po/fqegma, *)aristote/lhs de\ kai\ *qeo/frastos *bi/antos.
The proverb -- Tosi [see under alpha 378] no.181 -- is quoted in one of the Exordia (Proems) of Demosthenes (48.2).
The present entry is a cut-down version of the one in Harpokration, where Sophocles (among his elegies: fr.2 West) is cited for the attribution to Solon. The Aristotle reference is to Nicomachean Ethics 1130a1; for Theophrastus, fr.737 Fortenbaugh. On Bias of Priene see beta 270.
Keywords: biography; constitution; daily life; definition; ethics; philosophy; poetry; proverbs; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 October 2000@09:50:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; added keywords; cosmetics) on 25 August 2002@11:13:16.
William Hutton (modified notes, added keywords, set status) on 27 June 2003@07:06:09.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 7 October 2005@09:32:29.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 30 June 2011@09:59:38.
David Whitehead on 14 August 2012@10:00:14.
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