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Headword: Πατροκλῆς
Adler number: pi,795
Translated headword: Patrokles, Patrocles
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. [sc. There is] also a proverb: out of Patrokles' [sc. house].[1] In reference to those who are dirty and squalid. For Patrokles was an Athenian, extremely rich but in other respects someone who lived a bad life, avaricious and stingy; with economy in mind he allowed no-one to come near him; he wanted to safeguard his money and his mean life. So when Wealth is asked "where are you coming from?", he said "out of Patrokles'."
Greek Original:
Πατροκλῆς: ὄνομα κύριον. καὶ παροιμία: ἐκ Πατροκλέους. ἐπὶ τῶν ῥυπώντων καὶ αὐχμηρῶν: Πατροκλῆς γὰρ ἐγένετο Ἀθηναῖος, πλούσιος σφόδρα, ἄλλως δὲ κακόβιός τις καὶ φιλοχρήματος καὶ σκνιπός: ὅστις ἕνεκεν τῆς φειδωλίας οὐδένα εἴα προσίεσθαι, φυλακῆς ἕνεκα τῶν χρημάτων καὶ γλίσχρου βίου. ὁ Πλοῦτος οὖν ἐρωτώμενος, πόθεν βαδίζεις; ἐκ Πατροκλέους, ἔφη.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 84, where the quoted phrase appears (see web address 1). Other scholia there address more directly the point actually clear in the original - that Patrokles avoided the public baths; so "come near him" implies to wash him. See generally Kassel-Austin, PCG III.2 p.455, on Aristophanes fr. 455.
[1] In the paroemiographer Apostolius (13.100) it is "more stingy than Patrokles".
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 October 2001@04:16:16.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 10 May 2004@01:23:37.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 5 August 2010@08:53:04.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 5 August 2010@16:41:34.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2011@08:04:21.
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