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From Polypragmon to Curiosus: Ancient Concepts of Curious and Meddlesome

Matthew Leigh


This study examines the semantic field covered by the Greek term polypragmon, its synonyms periergos and philopragmon, and their closest Latin equivalent curiosus. The linking factor between these terms is that of intense engagement with a particular object. This can lead to censure of behaviour on the part of an individual or a community that so interferes in the proper affairs of others as to become meddlesome. Yet the same terms can also be used in order to praise intense scholarly work and devotion to investigation. This latter factor is particularly strong in Greek writers of the Hellenis ... More

Keywords: polypragmon, periergos, philopragmon, curiosus, curious, meddling, lexical, translation, investigation, Athens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Leigh, author
Professor of Classical Languages in Literature and Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford