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Headword: Λυπρά
Adler number: lambda,846
Translated headword: wretched
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one that is] cheap, poor.[1]
"So moderate and self-controlled was Quinctius Cincinnatus who became dictator as to live in a wretched little hut on a small plot of land and to content himself with the farmer's life. When he was called upon to be dictator, he happened to be working at the plow. He washed himself and went out against the enemy. He won a powerful victory and he took the enemy general captive."[2]
"[sc. He was] wretchedly victualed and sleeping rough and using everything much more insufficiently than according to [their] resources."[3]
Greek Original:
Λυπρά: εὐτελής, πενιχρά. οὕτω δὲ ἦν Κύντιος Κικιννάτος ὁ γεγονὼς δικτάτωρ μέτριος καὶ σώφρων, ὡς ἐπὶ καλύβῃ λυπρᾷ καὶ ὀλίγῳ γῆς μέτρῳ ζῆν τὸν αὐτουργὸν ἀγαπᾶν τε βίον. ὃς δικτάτωρ προβαλλόμενος ἔτυχεν ἀρότρῳ πονούμενος. ὃς ἀπονιψάμενος ἐπάνεισι καὶ συμβαλὼν τοῖς πολεμίοις νικᾷ κατακράτος καὶ τὸν στρατηγὸν τῶν πολεμίων ἄγει αἰχμάλωτον. λυπρά τε σιτούμενος καὶ σκληρῶς ἐγκαθεύδων καὶ πᾶσι κεχρημένος πολὺ ἐνδεέστερον ἢ πρὸς τὴν ἐξουσίαν.
[1] The headword is Attic feminine nominative singular of the adjective λυπρός (cf. lambda 847, lambda 848). Glossed as in the scholia to Homer, Odyssey 13.243, where λυπρή occurs.
[2] John of Antioch fr.48 FHG (4.556), now 85 Roberto; quoted more fully at kappa 2732.
[3] Adler tentatively attributed this quotation to Damascius, and Zintzen accepts it as fragment 36 of the Life of Isidore. For the expression ἐνδεέστερον ἢ πρὸς τὴν ἐξουσίαν , cf. Thucydides 4.39.2.
Keywords: biography; constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; epic; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 April 2009@02:18:41.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 April 2009@03:09:01.
David Whitehead on 24 April 2013@05:39:53.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 29 January 2015@10:41:41.
David Whitehead on 17 May 2016@05:22:42.


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