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Headword: Πάσης
Adler number: pi,752
Translated headword: Pases
Vetting Status: high
A proper name.
And [there is] a proverb: "Pases' half-obol."[1] This Pases was a weak character, but he so excelled all men in magic that as a result of his spells they saw lavish banquets and some people acting as waiters -- and then everything vanished again. He also possessed a half-obol [sc. coin] made for him out of a single [...],[2] which was handed over by him to the sellers from whom he was seeking to buy, [and] if he wished it was discovered again in his possession. Apion the grammarian mentions him in On [the] Mage.[3]
Greek Original:
Πάσης: ὄνομα κύριον. καὶ παροιμία: Τὸ Πάσητος ἡμιωβέλιον. ὁ δὲ Πάσης οὗτος μαλακὸς ἦν τὴν φύσιν, πάντων δὲ ἀνθρώπων ἐν μαγείᾳ διενήνοχεν, ὥστε ἐκ τῶν ἐπαοιδίων αὐτοῦ καὶ δεῖπνα πολυτελῆ ὁρᾶσθαι καὶ διακονουμένους τινάς, καὶ πάλιν ἀφανῆ πάντα γίνεσθαι. εἶχε δὲ καὶ ἡμιωβέλιον ἐκ μιᾶς αὐτῷ πεποιημένον, ὃ διαδιδόμενον ὑπ' αὐτοῦ τοῖς πιπράσκουσι, παρ' ὧν ἤθελεν ὠνεῖσθαι, εἰ ἠβούλετο, πάλιν παρ' αὐτῷ ηὑρίσκετο. καὶ Ἀπίων δὲ ὁ γραμματικὸς μνημονεύει αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ Περὶ μάγου.
[1] Comica adespota fr. 656 Kock (but not in K.-A.) for the phrase; Apostolius 17.6 and other paroemiographers. This material is copied to eta 346.
[2] If a feminine noun is missing here, 'mina' was the (unconvincing) suggestion in the 1549 Basel edition of the Suda. Alternatively, as Aemilius Portus proposed, emend to ἐκ μαγείας ("by magic").
[3] Apion [alpha 3215] FGrH 616 F28. The title of the work, mentioned only here, is dubious, and may rather be (e.g.) On Mages, or On Homer the Mage.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; food; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 November 2005@06:42:32.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 29 November 2005@11:33:56.
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