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1.5

From my tutor, to be neither of the Greens nor the Blues, the Parmularius nor the Scutarius; to bear hard work and have few needs; to do my own work and mind my own affairs; also — have nothing to do with gossip.

Παρὰ τοῦ τροφέως τὸ μήτε Πρασιανὸς μήτε Βενετιανὸς μήτε Παλμουλάριος ἢ Σκουτάριος γενέσθαι: καὶ τὸ φερέπονον καὶ ὀλιγοδεές: καὶ τὸ αὐτουργικὸν καὶ ἀπολύπραγμον: καὶ τὸ δυσπρόσδεκτον διαβολῆς.

Notes: the precise nature of the teams mentioned (chariot and gladiator teams) is a matter of some historical debate. The fact that we don’t know exactly what these teams represented is the point: such things aren’t worth getting worked-up over.

Translation Notes: 

Παρὰ τοῦ τροφέως

Para: indicating source; genitive governed by genitive.
Tou: the article indicates possession
Tropheus: one who brings one up, foster father

The next phrases are the objects of the verb geneshai: to be, here to be a partisan of (this is implied because of the nature of the objects).

τὸ μήτε Πρασιανὸς μήτε Βενετιανὸς μήτε Παλμουλάριος ἢ Σκουτάριος

Neither the green nor the blues nor the Parmularius or the Scutarius

Charioteers, who generally started out as slaves, took these risks because there were fortunes to be won. Successful racers who survived could grow enormously wealthy—another Roman poet, Martial, grumbled in the first century A.D. that it was possible to make as much as 15 bags of gold for winning a single race. Diocles, the most successful charioteer of them all, earned an estimated 36 million sesterces in the course of his glittering career, a sum sufficient to feed the whole city of Rome for a year. Spectators, too, wagered and won substantial sums, enough for the races to be plagued by all manner of dirty tricks; there is evidence that the fans sometimes hurled nail-studded curse tablets onto the track in an attempt to disable their rivals.

In the days of the Roman republic, the races featured four color-themed teams, the Reds, the Whites, the Greens and the Blues, each of which attracted fanatical support.
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καὶ τὸ φερέπονον

And to bear hard work

καὶ ὀλιγοδεές:

And to have few needs

καὶ τὸ αὐτουργικὸν

And to do one’s own work

καὶ ἀπολύπραγμον:

.ἀπολυπράγμ-ων , ον, gen. ονος,
*A. [select] not meddlesome, M.Ant.1.5, Ptol.Tetr.159.

καὶ τὸ δυσπρόσδεκτον διαβολῆς.

And to reject slander