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Headword: Aristonikos
Adler number: alpha,3925
Translated headword: Aristonikos, Aristonicus
Vetting Status: high
He was the eunuch of king Ptolemy [V Epiphanes] of Egypt, but had been brought up with the king from childhood. As his age advanced, he had the courage and character of a man rather than [that] of a eunuch. For he was also a military man by nature and spent most of his life among such men and in these [pursuits]. He was also sufficiently capable in conversation and had a liberal mentality, which is rare. In addition to these things this noble man was naturally disposed to benefitting mankind.
Greek Original:
Aristonikos, ho tou Ptolemaiou tou basileôs Aiguptou eunouchos men ên, ek paidiou d' egegonei suntrophos tôi basilei. tês d' hêlikias probainousês andrôdesteran eichen ê kat' eunouchon tolman kai proairesin. kai gar phusei stratiôtikos ên kai tên pleistên diatribên epoieito en toutois kai peri tauta. paraplêsiôs kai kata tas enteuxeis hikanos hupêrche kai ton koinon noun eichen, ho spanion esti. pros de toutois pros euergesian anthrôpôn epephukei kalos.
From Polybius 22.22 (repeated under epsilon 3604). Time: 185/4 BCE.
Keywords: biography; children; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 July 2001@16:30:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 31 July 2001@04:05:48.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 24 August 2002@12:16:02.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 10 November 2005@09:12:29.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 12 April 2012@05:31:39.


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