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Headword: Χάρητος ὑποσχέσεις
Adler number: chi,101
Translated headword: Chares' promises
Vetting Status: high
Chares, an Athenian general, is said to have been both prompt and very eager when it came to his promises. Hence the proverb applies to those making promises glibly.
Greek Original:
Χάρητος ὑποσχέσεις: Χάρης στρατηγὸς Ἀθηναίων εὐχερής τε καὶ ἑτοιμότατος πρὸς τὰς ὑποσχέσεις λέγεται γεγονέναι. ὅθεν ἡ παροιμία τάττεται ἐπὶ τῶν προχείρως ἐπαγγελλομένων.
cf. Zenobius 2.13.
For Chares (c.400-c.325 BCE) see generally OCD(4) p.305, under 'Chares(1)'.
Keywords: biography; daily life; ethics; military affairs; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 November 2001@11:45:59.
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David Whitehead (added note) on 6 September 2002@06:10:19.
William Hutton (set status) on 9 July 2003@11:03:06.
David Whitehead (modified translation) on 10 July 2003@03:21:29.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 August 2011@08:55:26.
David Whitehead on 8 November 2013@04:39:25.
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