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Headword: Arbazakios
Adler number: alpha,3752
Translated headword: Arbazakios, Arbazacius
Vetting Status: high
The Isaurian, [who lived] in the time of the emperor Arcadius,[1] whom they called "Harpazakios" ["grabby"] because of his greed. For he was from Armenia, and he was seized by three afflictions at the same time -- just as if by unbreakable, indissoluble Hephaestian chains[2] -- and he remained stuck in them. And these were love-craziness and drunkenness and greed. Thus he practiced what seemed to him virtues to the utmost limit, so that no one by experience would believe that he was not trained to a peak in these three. For[3] he lived with so many female musicians that neither he nor any of his attendants could even count them. And at least the auditors of his military affairs who came to him knew the number of his soldiers; but the multitude of his courtesans escaped even his reckoning by his hands. So just as[4] they say Orontes the Persian said that the smallest of his fingers signifies both "ten thousand" and "one", so they too reckoned the courtesans by singles and ten thousands.
Greek Original:
Arbazakios, Isauros, epi Arkadiou tou basileôs, hon Harpazakion ekaloun dia to pleonektikon. ên men gar ex Armenias, tois trisin hama sunkateilêmmenos pathesin, hôsper Hêphaisteiois desmois arrêktois alutois, kai emene ge en autois empedon. tauta de ên erôtomania kai methê kai pleonexia. houtô de eis eschaton horon tas heautôi dokousas aretas epetêdeuen, hôste ouk an tis episteuse peiratheis, hoti tas treis ekeinas houtôs eis akron exêskêse. mousourgois men gar sunezê tosautais, hosas oute ekeinos arithmein eichen oute heteros tis tôn diakonoumenôn. kai hoige prosêkontes autôi logistai tôn stratiôtikôn ergôn ton men arithmon tôn stratiôtôn êidesan: to de plêthos tôn hetairôn kai ton ek tôn cheirôn arithmon autou diephugen. hôsper oun Orontên ton Persên phasin eipein, hoti tôn daktulôn ho mikrotatos kai muria sêmainei kai hena arithmon, houtô kakeinoi tas hetairas kata monadas kai muriadas êrithmoun.
Eunapius fr. 84 FHG (4.51).
[1] Reigned AD 383-408.
[2] Again at eta 657. "Hephaestian chains" were those with which Hephaestus had trapped the adulterers Aphrodite (his wife) and Ares: Homer, Odyssey 8.
[3] All of what now follows reappears under mu 1303.
[4] For this see again omicron 624.
David Woods, 'Arbazacius, Fravitta, and the government of Isauria, ca. AD 396-404', Phoenix 52 (1998) 109-119
Keywords: biography; chronology; epic; food; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; imagery; military affairs; meter and music; mythology; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 November 2001@19:50:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords) on 23 August 2002@08:18:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 10 April 2012@06:17:18.
David Whitehead (added bibliography) on 30 August 2015@08:03:52.


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