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Headword: Γραμματεύς
Adler number: gamma,418
Translated headword: clerk, secretary
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] a notary.[1]
"The secretary of the secrets": Romans call the office ἀσηκρήτις [2]
They[3] were chosen by lot, three in number, [for] writing down public business. These secretaries had authority over nothing aside from writing and reading.
Greek Original:
Γραμματεύς: ὁ νοτάριος. τὸν τῶν ἀπορρήτων γραμματέα: ἀσηκρῆτις καλοῦσι τὸ ἀξίωμα Ῥωμαῖοι. κληρωτοὶ δὲ ἦσαν τὸν ἀριθμὸν τρεῖς, γράφοντες τὰ δημόσια. οὐδενὸς δὲ ἦσαν οἱ γραμματεῖς οὗτοι κύριοι ἀλλ' ἢ τοῦ γράφειν καὶ ἀναγνῶναι.
Notes:
[1] The Latin word notarius is used here to gloss the Greek word. See under alpha 4450, and nu 505 for this headword and gloss in reverse.
[2] i.e. a secretis. This material (including the etymology) comes from Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 2.7.15.
[3] The topic now becomes the secretaries of classical Athens (as already in gamma 417). See (?)Aristotle, Ath.Pol. 54.3-4; and cf. Pollux 8.98 and Harpokration s.v.
Keywords: constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; law
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 June 2003@07:33:10.
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David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords) on 30 June 2003@07:43:22.
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