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Headword: *(ermw/nios xa/ris
Adler number: epsilon,3053
Translated headword: Hermonian favour
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the [sort] given under duress, not out of the goodness of one's heart, but artificially and in a pretence of friendship, not in truth. For when Dareios was invading Thrace and trashing everything,[1] Hermon the king of the Pelasgoi handed over Lemnos[2] to the Athenians -- seeming to do them a favour but in fact because he was afraid of Dareios.
Greek Original:
*(ermw/nios xa/ris: h( kat' a)na/gkhn didome/nh, ou)k e)k diaqe/sews yuxh=s, a)ll' e)pipla/stws kai\ kata\ prospoi/hsin fili/as, ou) kat' a)lh/qeian. o( ga\r *(/ermwn o( *pelasgw=n basileu/s, *darei/ou e)pi\ *qra/|khn i)o/ntos kai\ pa/nta xeiroume/nou, parexw/rhsen *)aqhnai/ois th=s *lh/mnou, tw=| me\n dokei=n xarizo/menos, th=| de\ a)lhqei/a| *darei=on fobhqei/s.
cf. Zenobius 3.85 and, for the "history", Diodorus Siculus 10.19.6. (Herodotus 6.137-140 has other stories.)
[1] c.512 BCE. For Dareios I of Persia cf. delta 72, delta 73. (Delta 74 is a later homonym.)
[2] For Lemnos, an island in the NE Aegean, cf. lambda 448, lambda 449, lambda 450, lambda 451, lambda 452, lambda 453.
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; ethics; geography; historiography; history; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 May 2003@07:28:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 10 July 2003@18:51:12.
David Whitehead (added 2 notes) on 11 July 2003@03:18:24.
David Whitehead on 28 October 2012@09:26:11.
David Whitehead on 13 February 2016@10:07:13.


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