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Headword: *bow/ths
Adler number: beta,387
Translated headword: ox-buyer
Vetting Status: high
The greatest offices amongst [the] Athenians used to be elected from these.
Greek Original:
*bow/ths: ai( me/gistai a)rxai\ para\ *)aqhnai/ois a)po\ tou/twn e)xeirotonou=nto.
From Harpokration s.v.
The transmitted headword bow/ths is a textually corrupt version -- contaminated, presumably, by beta 386 -- of bow/nhs, "ox-buyer", for which see already beta 384.
It is not clear whether "from these" should read "to these" (cf. e)pi\ tou/tw| in Harpokration s.v.). At beta 384 ox-buyers are mentioned in connection with the strategia -- one of Athens' "greatest offices" -- but the ambiguity of the Greek there likewise makes it unclear whether generals tended to become ox-buyers or vice versa.
Keywords: definition; history; military affairs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 October 2000@06:36:04.
Vetted by:
Debra Hamel (added keywords; augmented note) on 12 October 2000@21:15:21.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 14 June 2002@08:44:21.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 15 June 2002@13:59:25.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 July 2011@09:51:22.


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