Euripides, fragment 903 (tr. Christopher Collard and Martin Cropp):
I would be foolish if I took care of my neighbours' business.
ἄφρων ἂν εἴην εἰ τρέφοιν τὰ τῶν πέλας.
In Greek, a busybody could be described as πολυπράγμων
. A nation, as well as an individual, can be πολυπράγμων
. Cf. ἀλλοτριοπράγμων
and also ἀλλοτριοεπίσκοπος
, which the Bible bids us not to be (1 Peter 4:15). See Jeannine K. Brown, "Just a Busybody? A Look at the Greco-Roman Topos of Meddling for Defining ἀλλοτριοεπίσκοπος
in 1 Peter 4:15," Journal of Biblical Literature
125 (2006) 549-568.