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Headword: Dekateutêrion
Adler number: delta,184
Translated headword: tithe-station, customs-house
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the ferry-crossing at Abydos.[1] "...that he will immediately ravage Abydos and the customs-house there".[2]
Greek Original:
Dekateutêrion: to en têi Abudôi porthmeion. hôs euthus tên Abudon lumaneitai kai to en autêi dekateutêrion.
The headword, a neuter noun in the nominative/accusative singular, is presumably extracted from the quotation given.
[1] For Abydos, on the Asiatic side of the Hellespont straits, see generally alpha 101. It was ideally positioned to tax passing shipping; compare e.g. Xenophon, Hellenica 1.1.22 (web address 1) on the dekateuterion at Chrysopolis (opposite Byzantium) in the late C5 BCE.
[2] Agathias, Histories 5.12. In 559 CE, Zabergan (cf. PLRE IIIb s.v. Zabergan(2)), ruler of the Cotrigur Huns, contemplates his attack on the Thracian Chersonese (the modern-day Gallipoli Peninsula, cf. chi 215) and the adjacent Asiatic coast; cf. Frendo (147).
J.R. Martindale, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, vol. IIIa, (Cambridge, 1992)
J.D. Frendo, trans., Agathias: The Histories, (Berlin 1975)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 October 2000@04:27:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 5 September 2002@12:45:50.
William Hutton (cosmetics, added link and keyword, set status) on 17 July 2003@04:44:08.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 18 June 2012@06:06:07.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 25 March 2015@00:14:33.
Catharine Roth (more coding) on 11 July 2015@00:38:05.
David Whitehead on 8 October 2015@10:33:20.
Catharine Roth (tweaked reference and link) on 15 July 2016@15:45:12.
Ronald Allen (tweaked translation after discussion with Managing Editor Catharine Roth) on 12 October 2023@17:25:44.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-reference) on 15 October 2023@10:40:41.


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