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Headword: Bômos
Adler number: beta,492
Translated headword: altar; podium
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a sc. sacred] precinct.[1]
Also a place which has a way up for speaking things to be heard; onto this Crates went up and said "Crates is destroying the things of Crates."[2]
And Aristophanes [writes]: "for the altar is already at the doors."[3] Meaning it is prepared and at the ready.
Greek Original:
Bômos: temenos. kai topos anabasin echôn pros to legein epêkoa: eph' hon Kratês anabas, Kratês apoluei ta Kratêtos, eirêke. kai Aristophanês: ho gar bômos thurasi kai dê. anti tou ex hetoimou esti pareskeuasmenos.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica. Latte on Hesychius s.v. claims the headword as quoted from Homer, Iliad 8.48
[2] For Crates (Krates) the Cynic philosopher see generally kappa 2341. One source-extract there appears to refer to this episode (there is mention of an altar) but in different terms; for the wording of the present passage cf. rather [Nonnus], Scholia mythologica 4.28 (PG 36, 1001b).
[3] Aristophanes, Peace 942 (web address 1 below), followed by comment from the scholia there. Again at theta 600.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; biography; comedy; definition; epic; ethics; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 December 2001@13:17:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 13 December 2001@03:20:19.
Catharine Roth (added new note 1, tweaked link) on 14 October 2011@15:58:37.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 16 October 2011@05:07:33.
David Whitehead on 3 June 2012@07:04:00.
David Whitehead (expanded a note; another keyword) on 23 September 2015@08:49:25.


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