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Headword: Ἰάκωβος
Adler number: iota,14
Translated headword: Iakobos, Jacobus, Jacob
Vetting Status: high
This man[1] drank poison and died under Valens. The person who advised him to drink the poison was Libanius the sophist,[2] because he had tried to find out who would succeed Valens as emperor.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἰάκωβος: οὗτος πιὼν φάρμακον ἐπὶ Οὐάλεντος ἐτελεύτησεν. ἦν δὲ ὁ συμβουλεύσας αὐτῷ πιεῖν τὸ φάρμακον Λιβάνιος σοφιστής, διὰ τὸ ἐπιζητῆσαι, τίς ὁ διαδεξόμενος τὴν βασιλείαν Οὐάλεντος.
Source: Blockley, Eunapius fr.39.[2].
[1] PLRE I Jacobus(2).
[2] lambda 486: Libanius.
[3] For the idiom cf. (e.g.) Polybius 2.4.7 (τὴν βασιλείαν διαδεξαμένη ).
Blockley, R.C. The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus. Vol. II. Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
Keywords: biography; chronology; historiography; history; medicine; rhetoric
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 4 March 2001@11:37:30.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 5 September 2001@22:55:23.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 13 September 2002@06:45:57.
David Whitehead on 8 January 2013@04:21:34.
Aaron Baker (Modified Blockley cite. Added Polybius cite.) on 28 March 2015@16:50:24.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 29 March 2015@00:03:46.
David Whitehead (expanded a note) on 26 April 2016@03:41:47.


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