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Headword: Triôbolon
Adler number: tau,998
Translated headword: triobol
Vetting Status: high
The sum of three obols.[1]
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "for [it would be] appalling, if for the sake of a triobol we were to jostle every time in the assembly."[2] Nobody served as a juror unless he was over 60 years of age.[3] Those who had become adults used to attend the assembly but did not serve as jurors. So the politicians, having persuaded the city [sc. to this effect], made it clear that these assembly-members were taking something from the city's revenues. Subsequently Cleon[4] made this a triobol. A juvenile did not attend the assembly.
Greek Original:
Triôbolon: to treis obolous echon. Aristophanês Ploutôi: deinon gar, ei triôbolou men heneka ôstizoimeth' hekastote en têi ekklêsiai. oudeis edikazen, ei mê epebaine tôn x# eniautôn. hosoi de teleias hêlikias êsan, eisêrchonto men eis tên ekklêsian, ouk edikazon de. toutous oun tous ekklêsiastas epoiêsan phaneron ti lambanein apo tôn tês poleôs prosodôn hoi dêmagôgoi, peisantes tên polin. husteron de ho Kleôn epoiêsen auto triôbolon. aphêlix de eis tên ekklêsian ouk eisêrcheto.
[1] Or: a coin worth three obols.
[2] Aristophanes, Plutus 329-330 with (a very confused and confusing) scholion; see web address 1 and cf. omega 247.
[3] 30, rather.
[4] kappa 1731.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; constitution; definition; economics; history; law; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 October 2006@08:42:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 18 October 2006@11:04:12.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 19 October 2006@03:01:52.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2011@07:42:56.


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