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Headword: Ἐπίδοξος
Adler number: epsilon,2306
Translated headword: likely, glorious
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] renowned; or expected.[1] As in, "For he was likely to become an absolute ruler."[2]
And Procopius says: "providing a thousand pounds of silver, she was likely to buy back her grandson."[3]
And elsewhere: "he reported that the Persians were likely to invade the Roman territory."[4] Meaning [they were] expected.
And elsewhere: "... to leave the road, by which the Persians were likely to attack."[5]
Greek Original:
Ἐπίδοξος: ἔνδοξος: ἢ προσδόκιμος. ὡς τό, ἐπίδοξος γὰρ ἦν αὐταρχῆσαι. καὶ Προκόπιός φησι: παρεχομένη χιλίας ἀργύρου λίτρας τὸν υἱωνὸν ὠνεῖσθαι ἐπίδοξος ἦν. καὶ αὖθις: ὁ δὲ ἀπήγγειλεν, ὡς Πέρσαι ἐπίδοξοί εἰσιν ἐς τὴν Ῥωμαίων γῆν εἰσβάλλειν. ἀντὶ τοῦ προσδόκιμοι. καὶ αὖθις: ἐᾶσαι τὴν ὁδόν, ᾗ ἔνδοξοι ἦσαν ἐπιθήσεσθαι οἱ Πέρσαι.
[1] The second of these senses is the one illustrated in what follows here.
[2] Same glossing in other lexica, and cf. a scholion on Plato, Theaetetus 143D, where the headword occurs in the nominative plural (web address 1). The quotation was not identified by Adler but is very plausibly identifiable via the TLG as an approximation of Cassius Dio 60.15.2: ἐπίδοξος αὐταρχήσειν ἐγεγόνει . See on this Theodoridis' Photius edition, vol.II p.LXXXIX.
[3] Procopius, Secret History 12.8 (translation at web address 2).
[4] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 1.13.12.
[5] Menander Protector fr. 10.5 Blockley.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; children; constitution; definition; economics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; philosophy; politics; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 27 October 2007@19:26:49.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 28 October 2007@06:26:01.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 28 October 2007@16:30:04.
David Whitehead (modified n.2) on 11 October 2011@06:46:59.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 11 October 2011@19:35:08.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2012@05:48:38.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 11 October 2012@06:22:51.
David Whitehead (my typo) on 27 January 2016@07:49:23.


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