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Headword: *)arxi/as
Adler number: alpha,4103
Translated headword: Archias
Vetting Status: high
"This man, who wanted to betray Cyprus to Demetrius, was caught and brought to trial, but hanged himself on a rope taken from the curtain-hangings. For in fact, because of their desires 'empty people think empty thoughts,' as the proverb goes. And that's not all: that man, because he thought he was about to receive 500 talents, discarded both the possessions he already had and his life."
Greek Original:
*)arxi/as: ou(=tos boulo/menos th\n *ku/pron prodou=nai *dhmhtri/w| kai\ fwraqei\s kai\ e)s kri/sin a)xqei\s kalw|di/w| tw=n e)k th=s au)lai/as parapetasme/nwn e(auto\n a)pekre/mase. tw=| ga\r o)/nti dia\ ta\s e)piqumi/as kenoi\ kena\ logi/zontai kata\ th\n paroimi/an. kai\ ga\r e)kei=nos do/cas f# ta/lanta proslh/yesqai kai\ ta\ prou+pa/rxonta xrh/mata kai\ to\ pneu=ma prosape/balen.
Polybius 33.5.2 (preserved only here), on events of c.155/4 BCE; cf. alpha 4434, kappa 1346, pi 2878.
For a discussion of the date and other matters arising see F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, iii (Oxford 1979) 546-7. Archias, here intriguing with Demetrius I of Syria, was the Ptolemaic governor of Cyprus at this time.
Keywords: biography; daily life; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; proverbs
Translated by: William Hutton on 15 June 2001@01:01:03.
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David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 15 June 2001@03:14:35.
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