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Headword: Πράγματ' ἐξ ἀπραξίας
Adler number: pi,2190
Translated headword: affairs (arising) out of inaction
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those [affairs] occurring against expectation and against hope.[1]
[Note] that the merchant-shipper [emporos] is referred to as a 'man of affairs' [pragmateutikos]; and a mercantilist [empolaios] likewise.[2]
Greek Original:
Πράγματ' ἐξ ἀπραξίας: ἐπὶ τῶν παρὰ δόξαν καὶ παρ' ἐλπίδα συμβαινόντων. ὅτι πραγματευτικὸς ἄνθρωπος λέγεται ὁ ἔμπορος: καὶ ἐμπολαῖος ὁμοίως.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in Diogenianus 7.59 (and Apostolius 14.91); see also Photius pi1133 Theodoridis. Uncharacteristically, Adler failed to register that the headword phrase itself comes from Attic Comedy: Comica adespota fr. 483 Kock (now 103 K.-A.), preserved in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 2.49A (2.32 Kaibel). [In her critical apparatus Adler notes that mss GF read ἀπροσεξίας (for want of intention), and that ms G transmits παραδόξως , unexpectedly, instead of against expectation.]
[2] From epsilon 1036 and epsilon 1045. [Adler reports that mss AFV omitted this additional point, but that ms A (Parisinus 2626) supplied it within its margin; also that ms G omits ὅτι , as.]
Keywords: comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; poetry; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 22 March 2013@02:41:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 22 March 2013@04:40:35.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 23 March 2013@18:41:32.
David Whitehead on 11 October 2013@07:18:16.
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