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Headword: Χιβούλδιος
Adler number: chi,302
Translated headword: Chilboudios, Chilbudius
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man was from the household of the emperor Justinian, extremely efficient at matters of war, but above material things to such an extent that instead of a large acquisition in his estate he had been able to acquire nothing [....] The result was that, when he was the general in Thrace and appointed to the guard of the Danube, and when he was killed in the war, it happened that the Danube became accessible to barbarians in accord with their power and the empire of the Romans became [assailable],[1] and in no way was the entire empire of the Romans able to compensate in that deed for the courage of one man.[3]
Greek Original:
Χιβούλδιος: οὗτος ἦν ἐκ τῆς Ἰουστινιανοῦ βασιλέως οἰκίας, ἐσάγαν μὲν δραστήριος τὰ πολέμια, ἐς τοσοῦτον δὲ χρημάτων κρείσσων, ὥστε ἀντὶ μεγίστου κτήματος ἐν τῇ οὐσίᾳ τῇ αὐτοῦ εἶχε τὸ κεκτῆσθαι μηδέν. ὥστε τούτου στρατηγήσαντος Θρᾴκης καὶ ἐπὶ τῇ τοῦ Ἴστρου φυλακῇ καταστάντος καὶ ἐν πολέμῳ ἀναιρεθέντος, συμβῆναι τὸν Ἴστρον ἐσβατὸν κατ' ἐξουσίαν τοῖς βαρβάροις γενέσθαι καὶ τὰ Ῥωμαίων πράγματα γέγονε, ξύμπασά τε ἡ Ῥωμαίων ἀρχὴ ἀνδρὸς ἑνὸς ἀρετῇ ἀντίρροπος γενέσθαι ἐν τῷ ἔργῳ τούτῳ οὐδαμῆ ἴσχυσεν.
Notes:
Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 7.14.1-6, quoted (the beginning and the end) and summarised. This Slav individual -- whose name in Procopius is actually Chilboudios, not the Suda's Chibouldios -- has been introduced in 7.13.26.
[1] A word from the text of Procopius, εὐέφοδα , has been omitted here.
Keywords: biography; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 March 2008@00:51:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 30 March 2008@08:15:22.
David Whitehead on 11 November 2013@07:55:57.

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