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Headword: Προὐργιαίτερον
Adler number: pi,2911
Translated headword: more serviceable, rather serviceable
Vetting Status: high
More/rather necessary.[1] That [which is] preferable for the task [πρὸ τοῦ ἔργου ][2] [is] more/rather necessary; for προῦργον is as if to say πρόεργον .
Polybius [writes]: "nothing of what is done in life [is] more important than hunting."[3]
They also say πρὸ ἔργου [i.e. without crasis]. Arrian [writes]: "the general considered it especially useful to leave what was at their rear friendly to himself and to the army."[4]
"But he ventured to go self-summoned, judging the difficulty resulting from chance to be more important than the missives from an autocrat."[5]
Greek Original:
Προὐργιαίτερον: ἀναγκαιότερον. τὸ πρὸ τοῦ ἔργου αἱρετώτερον ἀναγκαιότερον: τὸ γὰρ προῦργόν ἐστιν οἷον πρόεργον. Πολύβιος: οὐδὲν προὐργιαίτερον ποιουμένου κατὰ τὸν βίον τοῦ κυνηγετεῖν. λέγεται δὲ καὶ πρὸ ἔργου. Ἀρριανός: μάλιστα δὲ φίλια τὰ κατὰ νώτου ἑαυτῷ τε καὶ τῇ στρατιᾷ καταλιπεῖν πρὸ ἔργου ἐτίθετο ὁ στρατηγός. ὁ δὲ αὐτοκέλευστος ἐτόλμα ἰέναι, τῶν πρὸς αὐτοκράτορος ἐπηγγελμένων προὐργιαιτέραν τὴν ἀπὸ τῆς τύχης στενοχωρίαν πεποιημένος.
[1] Comparative formed from προὔργου : cf. Hesychius, also a scholion on Aristophanes, Lysistrata 20 (where the neuter plural occurs). See also pi 2909, pi 2910, pi 2912, pi 2672.
[2] cf. Photius and the Etymologicum Magnum.
[3] Polybius 8.25.6, quoted already at delta 635.
[4] From Arrian's Parthica or From the Death of Alexander: Roos/Wirth fr. 25. See already pi 2391.
[5] Quotation not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 8.23.7. See on this Theodoridis' Photius edition, vol.II pp.XCIV-XCV.
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 February 2011@01:26:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 February 2011@03:25:49.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 18 February 2011@01:34:35.
David Whitehead (expanded n.5) on 12 October 2011@03:41:24.
David Whitehead on 28 November 2011@09:44:43.
David Whitehead on 21 October 2013@05:50:58.


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