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Headword: *qa/sos a)gaqw=n
Adler number: theta,60
Translated headword: Thasos of goodies
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those promising that something will turn out fortunate and celebrated.
Greek Original:
*qa/sos a)gaqw=n: e)pi\ tw=n eu)dai/mona kai\ lampro\n a)podei=cai/ tina e)paggellome/nwn.
cf. Zenobius 4.34, which claims to give the context: after his exile from Athens (360/1 BCE), Kallistratos (cf. delta 454, sigma 77, sigma 1625) persuades 'the Athenians' -- with the help of this phrase -- that they should found a settlement on the attractive, mineral-rich mainland opposite the N Aegean island of Thasos (theta 58, theta 59, Barrington Atlas map 51 grid D3). But something seems amiss here. While the Athenians' own interest in the area is clear and of long standing (see esp. Thucydides 1.100ff), what Kallistratos did in c.360 was to help the Thasians themselves found the mainland settlement later known as Krenides (Barrington Atlas map 51 grid C2), and later still Philippoi. Cf. Isocrates 8.24, and see generally N.G.L. Hammond and G.T. Griffith, A History of Macedonia, ii (Oxford 1979) 187-8.
Keywords: biography; daily life; ethics; geography; history; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 April 2003@09:18:39.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 6 August 2003@19:13:16.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 7 August 2003@03:20:27.
David Whitehead on 28 December 2012@07:40:41.
Ronald Allen (Barrington Atlas references) on 13 February 2018@23:00:26.


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