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Chapter 11. An Occupation without a Name: Commerce
πράγμα ĸαὶ ἀσχολίας ὑπέρτερον θήσομαι
“Ι shall place your interests above all occupation.” This is no poetic word: it is employed by Thucydides in the sense of “hindrance, affair.” It is also found in colloquial language in Plato. Socrates says when taking leave: ἐμοί τις ἀσχολία ἐστί, of which mihi negōtium est could be the Latin translation, with exactly the same sense in which we encounter the expression in Plautus.