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Headword: Νόμος
Adler number: nu,477
Translated headword: Nomos
Vetting Status: high
[Nomos] and Januarius, I suppose, surpassing the citizens in fairness and justice and practically all other men now living and involved in reversed political circumstances, were approved and esteemed by citizens and aliens. For they had become most worthy to the country and most kindly to the aliens. Having preferred the calm and simple life, they preferred their own possessions to be fewer rather than to have more than others. These aspects, then, were common to them; individually, Nomos was more clever and more fond of learning in treatises[1] for those desiring a taste of philosophy and such as do introductory teaching of the young. And of the highly respected men among us he was most discerning of the good and bad literary qualities of all poems and compositions. In sum, I would say that both Seberianus[2] and Agapius,[3] the philosopher, were not of the same level in literary criticism. Januarius, on the other hand, was more versed and sensible in political affairs than his brother, Nomos, and more temperate and ordered in other matters.
Greek Original:
Νόμος καὶ Ἰαννουάριος ἐπιεικίᾳ καὶ δικαιοσύνῃ τῶν πολιτῶν ὑπερφέροντες, οἶμαι, καὶ τῶν ἄλλων σχεδὸν ἁπάντων ἀνθρώπων τῶν γε νῦν ζώντων καὶ ἐν πράγμασι πολιτικοῖς ἀναστρεφομένων, ἐπῃνοῦντο καὶ ἠγαπῶντο πρός τε ἀστῶν καὶ ξένων: τῇ τε γὰρ πατρίδι χρησιμώτατοι γεγόνασι καὶ δεξιώτατοι πρὸς τοὺς ξένους. ἑλόμενοι τὸν ἡσύχιον καὶ ἀπράγμονα βίον ἐλαττοῦσθαι μᾶλλον ᾑροῦντο τὰ οἰκεῖα ἢ πλέον τι ἔχειν ἀπὸ τῶν ἀλλοτρίων. κοινὰ μὲν οὖν ταῦτα αὐτοῖς: ἰδίᾳ δὲ ὁ μὲν Νόμος εὐφυέστερος ἦν καὶ φιλομαθέστερος ἐν λόγοις, τοῖς τε φιλοσοφίας ἀπογεύεσθαι βουλομένοις καὶ ὅσοι προπαιδεύουσι τοὺς νέους. ἦν δὲ καὶ κριτικώτατος τῶν καθ' ἡμᾶς ἐλλογίμων ἀνδρῶν, ποιημάτων τε πάντων καὶ συγγραμμάτων τῆς λογογραφικῆς ἀρετῆς καὶ κακίας. ὡς γοῦν φάναι τὸ ὅλον, οὔτε Σεβηριανὸν οὔτε Ἀγάπιον τὸν φιλόσοφον εἴποιμι ἂν γενέσθαι τοιούσδε περὶ λόγων κρίσιν. ὁ δὲ Ἰαννουάριος ἐμπειροπράγμων ἦν καὶ φρόνιμος ἐν τοῖς πολιτικοῖς ἐπὶ πλέον ἢ ὁ ἀδελφὸς αὐτοῦ Νόμος, ἔτι δὲ σωφρονέστερος καὶ τὰ ἄλλα μᾶλλον τεταγμένος.
Source: Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 284 Zintzen.
cf. generally upsilon 166, end, where the names Agapios, Seberianos, and Nomos are conjoined. An incomplete version of this entry has been presented in Alexandria 2; see web address 1 below.
[1] The Greek term is the vague 'logoi'.
[2] cf. sigma 180, again from Damascius.
[3] cf. alpha 157, alpha 158, upsilon 166.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; economics; ethics; philosophy; poetry; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: Nathan Greenberg on 6 October 2002@09:51:45.
Vetted by:
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