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Headword: Χρήματα, χρήματ' ἀνήρ
Adler number: chi,478
Translated headword: money money (is the) man
Vetting Status: high
This is proverbial, like the sayings of the Seven Sages.[1] Pindar and Alcaeus mention it. Similar to it [are] "the office reveals the man",[2] "steer your own course"[3] and "know thyself".[4] Alcaeus says it is said by Aristodemus the Spartan, but Pindar by a certain man named Argeios, referring [to Aristodemus] like this.[5] Aristodemus is counted among the [Seven] Sages by some people.
Greek Original:
Χρήματα, χρήματ' ἀνήρ: αὕτη ἀποφθεγματική ἐστιν, ὡς τὰ παραγγέλματα τῶν ἑπτὰ σοφῶν. μέμνηται αὐτῆς Πίνδαρος καὶ Ἀλκαῖος. ὁμοία τῇ ὡς καὶ ἀρχὴ ἄνδρα δείκνυσι, καὶ τὴν κατὰ σαυτὸν ἔλα, καὶ τὸ γνῶθι σαυτόν. λεχθῆναι δὲ αὐτὴν Ἀλκαῖος μὲν ὑπὸ Ἀριστοδήμου τοῦ Σπαρτιάτου φησί, Πίνδαρος δὲ ὑπό τινος Ἀργείου τὸ ὄνομα, οὕτως λέγων. ὁ δ' Ἀριστόδημος ἐγκαταριθμεῖται τοῖς σοφοῖς ὑπό τινων.
See already chi 477 and the notes there.
[1] The Seven Sages are usually Thales of Miletus, Bias of Priene, Cleobulus of Lindos, Pittacus of Mitylene, Solon of Athens, Chilon of Sparta and Periander of Corinth. See generally OCD(4) s.v.
[2] This proverb first appears in Demosthenes, Exordia 48.2.2 (web address 1). See also alpha 4096, where it is said to be attributed to Solon, though Aristotle and Theophrastus give it to Bias.
[3] This proverb first appears at Callimachus, Epigrams 1.12 Pfeiffer, where a man, under the prompting of Pittacus, overhears boys at play saying this. See also tau 522, where attributions of this proverb to the Delphic oracle, Solon, and Chilon are reported.
[4] See also gamma 333 and gamma 334, which respectively attribute this proverb to Chilon and the Delphic oracle.
[5] Alcaeus fr.360 Lobel-Page; Pindar, Isthmian 2.17 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; children; daily life; economics; ethics; geography; poetry; proverbs; rhetoric
Translated by: Andrew Morrison on 7 April 2003@12:08:11.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 7 April 2003@21:21:52.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 9 April 2003@04:08:10.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 5 April 2008@22:59:20.
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