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Headword: *xeirotoni/a
Adler number: chi,263
Translated headword: vote, show of hands
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] selection, ratification of everyone/everything.[1]
"Therefore, since the vote was proclaiming them, they were announced as 'Augustuses'."[2]
Greek Original:
*xeirotoni/a: e)klogh/, pa/ntwn ku/rwsis. th=s ou)=n xeirotoni/as au)tou\s a)neipou/shs, *sebastoi\ a)nhgoreu/qhsan.
The headword, cognate with chi 264, literally means "the stretching out of the hand" from xei/r ("hand") and ten-/ton- ("stretch, extend"). As a result of the practice of voting by show of hands, the word came simply to mean a vote. See also Hesyschius s.v.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
[2] Quotation not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as Herodian, Ab excessu divi Marci 7.10.5, on Maximus and Balbinus, two of the cast of characters in 238 CE, the Year of the Six Emperors. [Though Adler did not make this specific connnection, she was right to capitalize *sebastoi/, the term referring first to Augustus (Octavian) and later to other deified emperors; see alpha 4413 and kappa 1197. The word when uncapitalized refers to worshippers; see sigma 178.] See on the source-identification Theodoridis' Photius edition, vol.II p.LXXXI.
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Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 27 March 2008@18:43:24.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 March 2008@21:28:05.
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