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Headword: Παττᾳκίων
Adler number: pi,776
Translated headword: Pattaikion, Pataikion
Vetting Status: high
A man earning his living from malicious prosecutions[1] and making a habit of aggression against those approving the young men.[2] He was also the object of slander on the grounds of being a thief and a burglar, with the results that he was satirized in comedy for these traits.[3]
Greek Original:
Παττᾳκίων: ἀνὴρ ἀπὸ συκοφαντίας τὸν βίον ποιούμενος καὶ προσκρούειν ἐπιτηδεύων τοῖς εὐδοκιμοῦσι τῶν νέων. διεβάλλετο δὲ καὶ [ὡς] κλέπτης καὶ τοιχωρύχος: ὥστε καὶ κωμῳδεῖσθαι ἐπὶ τούτοις.
cf. (more briefly) Etymologicum Magnum 656.14-15, and pi 780. Like that entry, the present one (paralleled in other lexica) was probably generated by the appearance of this name in Aeschines 3.189.
[1] For sykophantia, which can in certain circumstances be rendered 'blackmail', see generally under sigma 1330.
[2] For this examination of 18-year-old Athenians see e.g. Aristophanes, Wasps 578 (and delta 1328); it could give scope for what nowadays would be termed sexual harassment, and litigation arising therefrom.
[3] No such comedic material survives, but see generally Comica adespota fr. 923 Kassel-Austin.
Keywords: biography; comedy; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; law; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 May 2004@04:54:22.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 10 May 2004@16:18:58.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2) on 11 May 2004@03:30:12.
David Whitehead (expanded notes) on 2 September 2011@07:46:07.
David Whitehead on 18 September 2013@04:04:43.
David Whitehead on 29 December 2014@03:20:54.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2016@07:35:01.


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