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Headword: *mu/skellos
Adler number: mu,1473
Translated headword: Myskellos, Myscellus
Vetting Status: high
This man, when an oracle had been delivered, considered health worth more than wealth. This was the oracle: "Having a populace to inhabit a land and a city you came to inquire of Phoibos which land to go to; but come on, think: which of these boons would you choose: to have wealth in possessions or very delightful health?" When they heard this Archias chose wealth - and indeed the Syracusans [are] wealthy - but Myskellos chose health, and the Crotoniates are hearty.
Greek Original:
*mu/skellos: ou(=tos xrhsmou= doqe/ntos, th\n u(gei/an tou= plou/tou prokri/nei. o( de\ xrhsmo\s ou(=tos: xw/rhs kai\ po/lews oi)kh/tora lao\n e)/xontes, h)/lqet' e)rhso/menoi *foi=bon, ti/na gai=an i(/khsqe: a)ll' a)/ge dh\ fra/zesq', a)gaqw=n po/tero/n ken e(/loisqe, plou=ton e)/xein ktea/nwn h)\ terpnota/thn u(gi/eian. kai\ a)kou/santes o( me\n *)arxi/as plou=ton ai(rei=tai: plou/sioi gou=n oi( *surakou/sioi: o( de\ *mu/skellos u(gei/an: kai/ ei)sin e)rrwme/noi oi( *krotwnia=tai.
An abridged version of the story told at alpha 4104 (Aelian fr. 346 Hercher).
For another anecdote involving this Myskellos, see mu 1474.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; medicine; meter and music; poetry; politics; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 25 November 2009@23:13:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 26 November 2009@03:59:06.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@04:24:27.


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