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Headword: Παιδιά
Adler number: pi,855
Translated headword: child's play, game, sport
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning a] plaything/toy.[1]
"Timasius[2] seemed to be going to assume that the emperor[3] and the eunuch[4] [were] some kind of incidental child's play."[5]
Greek Original:
Παιδιά: παίγνιον. ἐδόκει δὲ τὸν βασιλέα καὶ τὸν εὐνοῦχον κατὰ πάρεργον παιδιάν τινα θησόμενος ὁ Τιμάσιος.
Notes:
For the headword see also pi 856. It differs from that of pi 857 by the long final alpha and by having the accent on the ultima.
Adler reports that in ms V the order of this entry and pi 856 is reversed.
[1] Similar glosses in ps.-Herodian 106.11-2, Photius' Lexicon (pi28 Theodoridis), and ps.-Zonaras (Tittmann) at 1506.11. Adler also cites the unpublished Ambrosian Lexicon (216).
[2] Under Emperor Theodosius I (The Great) (346-395) (OCD(4) s.v. Theodosius(2)) Timasius (tau 597) was general and then consul beginning in 389 (Smith, p. 1136; PLRE p. 914).
[3] Arcadius succeeded Theodosius and ruled in the east 383-408; OCD(4) s.v. Arcadius(2).
[4] Eutropius (epsilon 3776, epsilon 3777, and OCD(4) s.v. Eutropius(2)) was minister (395-399) under Arcadius and in 396 summoned Timasius to Constantinople (gamma 78) from Pamphylia (OCD(4) s.v.). Timasius' traveling assumptions, the subject of this passage, were truly naive. Upon arrival in Constantinople he was convicted of treason in a trial rigged by Eutropius and then exiled to the Great Oasis (the present-day Kharga Oasis, 100 km south of Asyut, Egypt), where he seems to have perished (see PLRE).
[5] Eunapius fr.70 FHG (4.45), more fully at tau 597; Blockley, pp. 96-7.
References:
W. Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. III, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1867
A.H.M. Jones, J.R. Martindale, and J. Morris, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, vol. I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992
R.C. Blockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, vol. II, Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
Keywords: biography; children; definition; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; imagery; law; military affairs; politics
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 30 May 2008@00:51:14.
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