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Headword: *dhmokopei=n
Adler number: delta,444
Translated headword: to court the mob
Vetting Status: high
['To court the mob'] and 'to court the Greeks'. Polybius [writes]: "after renewing his friendship with the Romans, Perseus began to court the Greeks".[1]
It is also called both courting the mob and thirsting for fame.[2] "They elected as consuls Lucius on account of his military reputation and Terentius because he courted the mob".[3]
Greek Original:
*dhmokopei=n kai\ *(ellhnokopei=n. *polu/bios: o( de\ *perseu\s th\n pro\s *(rwmai/ous fili/an a)nanewsa/menos e(llhnokopei=n e)peba/leto. le/getai de\ kai\ dhmokopi/a kai\ docokopi/a. u(pa/tous ai(rou=ntai e)k do/chs polemikh=s *leu/kion, e)k de\ dhmokopi/as *tere/ntion.
[1] Polybius 25.3.1, omitting the adverb "immediately." See again kappa 566 and pi 1370, which include it; also epsilon 840. (For this verb in Polybius in another sense -- to play the noble Greek -- see 20.10.7.) Concerning a)nanewsa/menos, "after renewing", here, Walbank (below) 178 quotes G. Daux to this effect: "a)naneou=sqai (dont le Latin renouare semble n'être qu'un calque sémantique) signifie presque toujours, dans cet emploi: donner une force nouvelle à un acte de caractère juridique (traité d'alliance, pacte d'amitié, décret, etc.) qui n'a pas été abolie, mais que les circonstances ont émoussé". See also Livy 40.58.9: dum firmaret res, legatos Romam ad amicitiam paternam renouandam, petendumque ut rex ab senatu appellaretur misit. See also Walbank 275, discussing what philia means in this content: amicitia (informal friendship) or foedus (a formal treaty). It would seem that in this connection in the Polybian text it means amicitia rather than anything more. Since Philip's time there was already a treaty in effect with the Romans. Diodorus also uses philia (29.30) in his description of the same situation (following Polybius?).
[2] For this paragraph, including the quotation which now follows, see delta 1373.
[3] A summary of Appian, Annibaica 75.
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, III, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979
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Translated by: Carl Widstrand on 8 January 2000@13:32:32.
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