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Headword: ᾙρεῖτο
Adler number: eta,500
Translated headword: used to choose
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning he/she/it] used to desire, used to take.[1] "For often, not only in the daytime but also at night, food used to be prepared and the public wealth was wasted in the preparation of dinners."[2]
Greek Original:
ᾙρεῖτο: ἐπεθύμει, ἐλάμβανε. πολλάκις γὰρ οὐ μόνον τῆς ἡμέρας ἀλλὰ καὶ τῆς νυκτὸς ἐσιτοποιεῖτο καὶ ὑπὲρ τὰς τῶν δείπνων παρασκευὰς τὰ πολυτελῆ τῶν δημοσίων ἀπετρύετο.
Notes:
[1] Imperfect of αἱρέομαι , third person singular; cf. eta 501, eta 502. See further, next note
[2] John of Antioch fr.97 FHG (4.577), now 179 Roberto, on the gluttonous emperor Vitellius. Already at alpha 3089 and beta 309, from the latter of which we see that "food used to be prepared" (ἐσιτοποιεῖτο ) is wrong; read σῖτον ᾑρεῖτο ("he used to desire food"), which explains why the quotation is repeated under the present headword.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; food; historiography; history
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 October 2006@20:38:23.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.2 and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 22 October 2006@04:04:33.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 19 December 2012@05:54:07.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 29 January 2015@09:10:53.

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