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Prepositions with the genitive: value/price


οὐ περὶ πολλοῦ ποιοῦμαι χρήματα

‘I do not attach much importance to money.’ (Lys. 32.13)

The prepositions ἀντί and περί with the genitive signal a value in fixed expressions.

Lexical usage

This usually concerns phraseological expressions, such as περὶ πολλοῦ ποιέομαι 'to esteem' or περὶ ὀλίγου ποιέομαι 'to despise'. The predicate is usually a verb of ‘regarding’ or ‘esteeming’. Less frequent are διά, ἐπί and πρό.

Example Sentences: 

καίτοι τίς ἂν αἰσχίων εἴη ταύτης δόξα ἢ δοκεῖν χρήματα περὶ πλείονος ποιεῖσθαι ἢ φίλους;

Indeed, which reputation could be more shameful than this, to value money more highly than friends?

καὶ τὴν τελευτὴν ἀντὶ τῆς τῶν ζώντων σωτηρίας ἠλλάξαντο;

And did they exchange their lives for the safety of the living? [provisional translation]

περὶ πλείονος ποιοῦ δόξαν καλὴν ἢ πλοῦτον μέγαν τοῖς παισὶ καταλιπεῖν

Attach more value to leaving your children a good reputation than to great wealth. ֍

αἰσχρὸν γάρ μοί ἐστιν ἐκεῖνον περὶ πλείονος ποιεῖσθαι ἢ τὴν ὅλην πόλιν.

For it would be wrong of me to consider him more important than the whole city.

ὑμεῖς οὖν , ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί , τὰς τούτων δεήσεις περὶ ἐλάττονος ποιησάμενοι τὰ δίκαια ψηφίσασθε.

You, O judges, should pay less attention to the questions of these people and make a just decision.