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Headword: Ναρσῆς
Adler number: nu,42
Translated headword: Narses
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A general of [the] Romans; exceptionally intelligent, and energetic and capable of responding to any eventuality. He had little education and had not been schooled in the disciplines of oratory; on the other hand he had an outstanding natural talent and could convey well in speech what he had decided to do -- and all this despite being a eunuch and someone brought up in the soft ways of the imperial court. He was short in physical stature and unusually thin; nevertheless his courage and magnificence attained heights which beggared belief. He lived under Justinian.[1]
Greek Original:
Ναρσῆς, στρατηγὸς Ῥωμαίων, ἔμφρων ἐς τὰ μάλιστα καὶ δραστήριος καὶ δεινὸς ἁρμόσασθαι τῷ παρεμπίπτοντι. καὶ παιδείας μὲν αὐτῷ οὔ τι μάλα μετῆν, οὐδὲ τὰ τῆς εὐγλωττίας ἐπεφρόντιστο: φύσεως δὲ ὅγε δεξιότητι διέπρεπε καὶ παραστῆσαι οἷός τε ἦν λόγῳ τὰ βεβουλευμένα, καὶ ταῦτα τομίας γε ὢν καὶ ἐν τοῖς βασιλείοις τρυφερώτατα ἀνατεθραμμένος. ἦν δὲ ἄρα καὶ τὸ σῶμα βραχὺς καὶ ἐν ἰσχνότητι ἐκδεδιῃτημένος: τὸ δὲ ἀνδρεῖον καὶ μεγαλουργὸν ἐς τοσοῦτον ἐκέκτητο ὅσον ἀμέλει καὶ ἀπιστεῖσθαι. ἦν δὲ ἐπὶ Ἰουστινιανοῦ.
Notes:
From (after the introductory identifier) Agathias, Histories 1.16.1-2; cf. tau 753.
For Narses see also under alpha 112, alpha 2394, alpha 4094, beta 490, delta 579, epsilon 917, epsilon 2328, epsilon 2361, epsilon 3550, theta 99, pi 1234, pi 2311, pi 3225, sigma 1303.
[1] iota 446.
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; medicine; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 August 2009@04:47:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 11 August 2009@00:56:29.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; another keyword) on 11 August 2009@03:33:00.
David Whitehead on 3 June 2013@06:14:30.

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