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Headword: Χρημάτων
Adler number: chi,488
Translated headword: belongings, goods, monies
Vetting Status: high
Habitually both laymen and rhetoricians make use of the name of chremata in application to coins of silver and gold, and they also assigned this expression to the whole property. "[...] that the killer is taint-free and dies and his chremata are sold."[1] The expression is also applied to a concrete reality [or: something implying some business] or to a person [or: character] or to a speech, as Antiphon [does];[2] and they also assign the expression to mercantile wares. Lysias applies [it] to the furnishing of gold.[3]
Greek Original:
Χρημάτων: συνήθως μὲν οἵ τε ἰδιῶται καὶ οἱ ῥήτορες τῷ ὀνόματι τῶν χρημάτων ἐπὶ νομίσματι χρῶνται ἀργυρίου καὶ χρυσίου καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς ὅλης οὐσίας τὴν λέξιν ταύτην ἔταξαν: τὸν ἀποκτείναντα ὅσιον εἶναι καὶ θνήσκειν καὶ τὰ χρήματα αὐτοῦ πεπρᾶσθαι. κεῖται δὲ ἡ λέξις καὶ ἐπὶ πράγματος ἢ προσώπου ἢ λόγου, ὡς Ἀντιφῶν: τάσσουσι δὲ τὴν λέξιν καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν ἐμπορικῶν φορτίων. ὁ δὲ Λυσίας ἐπὶ τοῦ χρυσοῦ κατασκευάσματος τίθησι.
The headword, a neuter plural, is here in the genitive case, as in the opening sentence of the gloss; cf. chi 489.
[1] Tentatively attributed by Adler to Aelian. Perhaps, rather, a faulty echo of part of a law quoted in Andocides 1.95: τὸν ἀποκτειναντα ὅσιον εἶναι καὶ τὰ χρήματα ἔχειν τοῦ ἀποθανόντος 'that the killer is taint-free and has the monies of the deceased'.
[2] Antiphon fr. 187 Sauppe [= Antiphon the Sophist fr. 117 DK].
[3] Lysias fr. 335 Sauppe, now 513 Carey OCT.
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; ethics; law; rhetoric
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 2 June 2003@16:27:00.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 2 June 2003@17:41:24.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 June 2003@03:55:44.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr and notes; more keywords) on 13 November 2013@06:16:04.


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