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Headword: Μολπαγόρας
Adler number: mu,1204
Translated headword: Molpagoras
Vetting Status: high
Among the Kians[1] this man could speak and act capably but was greedy by inclination. By associating with and flattering the masses, subjecting those living a life of prosperity to mob-rule, and finally killing some of them and banishing others - confiscating their property and distributing it among the people - he soon in this way secured autocratic power.[2]
Greek Original:
Μολπαγόρας: οὗτος ἦν παρὰ τοῖς Κείοις καὶ λέγειν καὶ πράττειν ἱκανός, κατὰ δὲ τὴν αἵρεσιν πλεονέκτης. ὃς πρὸς χάριν ὁμιλῶν τῷ πλήθει καὶ τοὺς εὐκαιροῦντας τοῖς βίοις ὑποβάλλων τοῖς ὄχλοις καί τινας ἐς τέλος ἀναιρῶν, τινὰς δὲ φυγαδεύων καὶ τὰς οὐσίας τούτων δημεύων καὶ διαδιδοὺς τοῖς πολλοῖς ταχέως τῷ τοιούτῳ τρόπῳ περιεποιήσατο μοναρχικὴν ἐξουσίαν.
From Polybius 15.21.1-2. Time: late C3 BCE.
[1] i.e. the citizens of Kios, in Bithynia. The mss of the Suda have 'Keians', but the easy emendation from κείοις to κιανοῖς is necessary and has long been standard. For Kios see kappa 1658.
[2] The version of this passage at delta 412 is more abbreviated but turns the final verb into a participle and adds "he was killed by certain people".
Keywords: biography; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 July 2001@03:49:30.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (modiifed translation, added keyword, set status) on 22 October 2003@00:11:11.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 10 June 2004@11:59:02.
David Whitehead on 26 May 2013@07:39:29.


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