Monday, September 07, 2009


Name for a Misanthrope's Dwelling

Liddell-Scott-Jones, s.v. Τιμώνιον (Timonion): "a Timon's, i.e. a misanthrope's, dwelling, Str.17.1.9."

Strabo 17.1.9 (tr. Horace Leonard Jones):
To this elbow of land Antony added a mole projecting still farther, into the middle of a harbour, and on the extremity of it built a royal lodge which he called Timonium. This was his last act, when, forsaken by his friends, he sailed away to Alexandria after his misfortune at Actium, having chosen to live the life of a Timon the end of his days, which he intended to spend in solitude from all those friends.
Plutarch, Life of Antony 69.4 (tr. Bernadotte Perrin):
And now Antony forsook the city and the society of his friends, and built for himself a dwelling in the sea at Pharos, by throwing a mole out into the water. Here he lived an exile from men, and declared that he was contentedly imitating the life of Timon, since, indeed, his experiences had been like Timon's; for he himself also had been wronged and treated with ingratitude by his friends, and therefore hated and distrusted all mankind.
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