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Headword: Ὀδαίναθος
Adler number: omicron,31
Translated headword: Odainathos, Odaenathus
Vetting Status: high
From Syria. This man, associating with the philosopher Plutarch,[1] used to fill the discussions of his teacher with difficulties, and did not allow [him] to complete his entangled discourse. But Odainathos was rather lacking in understanding of the truth. So that man did not think it right[2] for the philosopher to be questioned, nor to give any answer on the spur of the moment; for [he said] it was especially difficult and nearly impossible, being humans, to say or think anything about gods.
Greek Original:
Ὀδαίναθος, ἀπὸ Συρίας. οὗτος τῷ φιλοσόφῳ Πλουτάρχῳ συνὼν ἀποριῶν ἐνεπίπλα τὰς τοῦ διδασκάλου διατριβὰς καὶ οὐκ εἴα τὸν λόγον ἀνύτειν συμποδιζόμενον. ἀλλὰ πρὸς σύνεσιν τοῦ ἀληθοῦς ἐνδεέστερος ἦν ὁ Ὀδαίναθος. οὔκουν οἴεσθαι δεῖν ἐκεῖνος ἠξίου τὸν φιλόσοφον ἐρωτᾶσθαι, οὐδὲ ἀποκρίνεσθαι ἐκ τοῦ παρατυχόντος ὁτιοῦν: μάλιστα δὲ χαλεπὸν καὶ ἐγγύς τι ἀδύνατον εἶναι περὶ θεῶν τι λέγειν ἢ φρονεῖν, ἀνθρώπους ὄντας.
Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 142 Zintzen (38 Asmus).
[1] pi 1794.
[2] There seem to be too many verbs here. As Adler notes, Aemilius Portus (edition 1630) deleted οἴεσθαι δεῖν , but Bernhardy disagreed. Küster moved δεῖν after "the philosopher".
Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 October 2009@01:06:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 8 October 2009@03:17:40.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 21 June 2013@05:11:43.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 19 May 2016@08:22:43.


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