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Headword: Χρήμη
Adler number: chi,491
Translated headword: need
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning a] lack/want, and scarcity.[1]
Herodotus [when commenting] on the life of Homer [says]: "those [sc. arguments] which had been opposed to his need".[2]
"He nevertheless became [involved] in great expenses".[3] That is in moderate wealth and resources.
Greek Original:
Χρήμη: χρεία, καὶ σπάνις. Ἡρόδοτος εἰς τὸν βίον Ὁμήρου: τοὺς ἐναντιωθέντας τῇ χρήμῃ αὐτοῦ. ὅμως ἐν δαπανήμασι μεγάλοις ἐγένετο. τουτέστι μετρίῳ πλούτῳ καὶ περιουσίᾳ.
Notes:
[1] The headword is the Ionic-dialect equivalent of the first of the glosses, i.e. χρεία in LSJ's sense I. Besides the instance about to be given, see Archilochus fr. 130 West.
[2] ps.-Herodotus, On Homer's Origins, Date, and Life 170-171. For the biographical traditions on Homer see Allen 1924, 11-41, Jacoby 1933, Lefkowitz 1983, 12-24 and West 2003, 295-457.
[3] An odd, irrelevant extract from a quite different biography: see under alpha 4174.
References:
Allen 1924: Allen, T.W. Homer, The Origins and the Transmission, Oxford
Jacoby 1933: Jacoby, F., 'Homerisches I: Der Bios und die Person', Hermes 68, pp. 1-50
Lefkowitz 2003: Lefkowitz, M., The Lives of the Greek Poets , London
West 2003: Homeric Hymns, Homeric Apocrypha, Lives of Homer, edited and translated by Martin L. West, Cambridge, Massachusetts/London
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; epic; historiography
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 29 August 2007@16:03:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 30 August 2007@03:37:13.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@07:17:12.

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