previous next

Suddenly there was great commotion in the city over the mutilation of the Hermae, done in one night, and feararose of secret designs for the overthrow of the democracy.

ἐν παρασκευῇ ἦσαν: periphrasis as in 2. 80. 17, 101. 10.—ἐν τούτῳ: it is clear from 29. 3 ἤδη τὰ τῆς παρασκευῆς ἐπεπόριστο that preparations were far advanced. For the abundant literature on the mutilation of the Hermae and the consequent legal processes, see K. F. Hermann, Gr. Antiq.^{6} I, 716 f.—ὅσοι Ἐρμαῖ ἦσαν λίθινοι: “the marble Hermae which enclosed a part of the agora and were placed before residences and sanctuaries.” Curtius, Gr. Gesch.^{6} II, 633. On the shape, see O. Mueller, Arch. § 67, and Chr. Scherer in Roscher's Lex. d. Mythologie I, 2392 ff.

κατὰ τὸ ἐπιχώριον: δηλονότι ἔθος, Schol.

τετράγωνος ἐργασία: appositive, the art. indicating the figure familiar to the Athenians. Note the unusual abstract for concrete.

οἱ πλεῖστοι: cf. πάντων ἀκρωτηριασθέντων πλὴν ἑνός Plut. Nic. 13; τῶν πλείστων ἀκρωτηριασθέντων τὰ πρόσωπα Plut. Alcib. 3; “accidit ut una nocte omnes Hermae deicerentur praeter unumNep. Alcib. 3.

μεγάλοις μηνύτροις: cf. Andoc. 1. 27 ἦσαν κατὰ τὸ Κλεωνύμον ψήμισμα χίλιαι δραχμαί, κατὰ δὲ τὸ Ηεισάνδρου μύριαι. Cf. also Andoc. 1. 40.

εἴ τις...οἶδεν : in the words of the ψήφισμα.

μειζόνως ἐλάμβανον: took very seriously. μειζόνως as 1. 130. 10; 4. 19. 16. Cf. ὑπόπτως λαμβάνειν 53. 18; χαλεπῶς λαμβάνειν 61. 2; λαμβάνειν μὴ πολεμίως 4. 17. 9. See on 3. 59. 6. Cf. Tac. Hist. 2. 7 res . . . in maius accipitur.—οἰωνός: a bad sign (ominous).

ἐπὶ ξυνωμοσίᾳ: based on, in consequence of, a conspiracy, the prep. as in 60. 4. The foll. gens. depend on ξυνωμοσίᾳ, just as in 3. 82. 45 ξυναλλαγῆς on ὅρκοι (conspiracy for).

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (1 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (1):
    • Cornelius Nepos, Alcibiades, 3
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: