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Headword: Περισπειραθείς
Adler number: pi,1293
Translated headword: having been wound round
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning he] having been woven round, having been rolled round.[1] "The eunuch wielded power over the palaces, and, having wound himself around the court-yards, he was wrapping up everything, exactly like some fine serpent, dragging it down to his own advantage."[2] He is speaking about Eutropius.[3]
Greek Original:
Περισπειραθείς: περιπλακείς, περιελιχθείς. ὁ δὲ εὐνοῦχος κατεκράτει τῶν βασιλείων καὶ περισπειρασάμενος τὰς αὐλὰς συνέσφιγγεν ἅπαντα, καθάπερ τις γενναῖος ὄφις καθελίττων εἰς τὴν ἑαυτοῦ χρείαν. περὶ Εὐτροπίου λέγει.
Notes:
The headword is the aorist passive participle, masculine nominative (and vocative) singular, of the verb περισπειράω . It is evidently quoted from somewhere (other than the quotation given here, which has the corresponding aorist middle participle) but is otherwise unattested.
[1] The first gloss is the aorist passive participle, masculine nominative (and vocative) singular, of the verb περιπλέκω , I weave round; see LSJ s.v. The second gloss is the aorist passive participle, masculine nominative (and vocative) singular, of the verb περιελίσσω , I roll round; see LSJ s.v.
[2] Eunapius fr.69 FHG (4.44); cf. Blockley, pp. 96-97, and mu 1436. Although most manuscripts follow the present text, Adler notes that Toup proposed to continue the serpent simile, replacing χρείαν ('advantage') with χειάν ('hole'). Blockley follows the emendation (ibid., p. 97): 'lair'.
[3] Eutropius (cf. epsilon 3776; epsilon 3777; OCD(4) s.v. Eutropius(2); and PLRE s.v. Eutropius 1, p. 440) served as minister (395-399) to Arcadius, emperor in the east 383-408; see OCD(4) s.v. Arcadius(2).
References:
R.C. Blockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, vol. II, Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
J.R. Martindale, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, vol. II, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980
Keywords: biography; chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; imagery; politics; zoology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 10 August 2008@04:49:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified primary note; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 August 2008@05:36:40.
David Whitehead on 29 September 2013@06:45:58.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2014@05:00:16.

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