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Headword: Αἰλιανός
Adler number: alphaiota,179
Translated headword: Aelian, Aelianus, Ailianos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man served as general during the reign of Valens.[1] From Syedra,[2] he was extremely independent, and having been conspicuous for his spirit since childhood,[3] he was abundantly endowed in the matters of the body; for his organs were compounded with and suited to the impulses of his spirit, so that as soon as he decided to do a thing, it was done. As for education, he was not immersed in it nor was he totally lacking, but he was rather provincial, insofar as he was rather quick-tempered, and the savagery and wildness of his temper had not been tamed and subdued by reason.
Greek Original:
Αἰλιανός: οὗτος ἐπὶ Οὐάλεντος ἐστρατήγησεν. ἦν δὲ ἐκ Συέδρων, ἐλεύθερος ἄγαν, καὶ ἀνεστηκὼς ἐκ παιδὸς τὴν ψυχὴν γενόμενος ἀφθόνως ἐχορηγήθη τὰ περὶ τοῦ σώματος: τὰ γὰρ ὄργανα συνεπεπήγει καὶ ἐνέτρεχε τοῖς τῆς ψυχῆς κινήμασιν, ὥσθ' ἅμα τι πρᾶξαι ἐδέδοκτο καὶ ἐπέπρακτο. καὶ παιδείας οὔτε ἐντὸς ἦν οὔτε ἄμοιρος, ἀλλ' ἦν ἀγροικότερος, ὅσον θυμοειδέστερος, καὶ τὸ θηριῶδες τοῦ θυμοῦ καὶ ἄγριον οὐκ ἐξημέρωτο καὶ κατείργαστο ὑπὸ τοῦ λόγου.
Notes:
Eunapius fr. 36 FHG (4.27), Blockley, Eunapius fr. 35.
[1] omicron 764: reigned 364-378.
[2] Repeated at sigma 1316. Syedra was a city on the coast of Isauria (SE Turkey, in present-day terms): Stephanus of Byzantium s.v.; Barrington Atlas map 66 grid A4. Those Greek authors who use the toponym treat it, variously, as neuter plural (as here) and feminine singular.
[3] cf. already alpha 2329.
Reference:
Blockley, R.C. The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus. Vol. II. Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983.
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 February 2003@23:38:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; augmented keywords) on 8 February 2003@09:54:02.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 8 February 2003@21:58:36.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 18 April 2011@01:12:56.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 14 May 2012@09:24:46.
Aaron Baker (Modified translation; changed "Suedra" to "Syedrae.") on 28 March 2015@00:04:08.
David Whitehead (tweaked the toponym again, and expanded the note on it) on 25 November 2015@11:20:42.

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