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Headword: Prourgiaiteron
Adler number: pi,2911
Translated headword: more serviceable, rather serviceable
Vetting Status: high
More/rather necessary.[1] That [which is] preferable for the task [pro\ tou= e)/rgou][2] [is] more/rather necessary; for prou=rgon is as if to say pro/ergon.
Polybius [writes]: "nothing of what is done in life [is] more important than hunting."[3]
They also say pro\ e)/rgou [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:
Prourgiaiteron: anankaioteron. to pro tou ergou hairetôteron anankaioteron: to gar prourgon estin hoion proergon. Polubios: ouden prourgiaiteron poioumenou kata ton bion tou kunêgetein. legetai de kai pro ergou. Arrianos: malista de philia ta kata nôtou heautôi te kai têi stratiai katalipein pro ergou etitheto ho stratêgos. ho de autokeleustos etolma ienai, tôn pros autokratoros epêngelmenôn prourgiaiteran tên apo tês tuchês stenochôrian pepoiêmenos.
[1] Comparative formed from prou)/rgou: 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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