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Headword: *diw/bolon
Adler number: delta,1222
Translated headword: double-obol
Vetting Status: high
[Double-obol] and three-obol, and half-obol[1] likewise.
Greek Original:
*diw/bolon kai\ *triw/bolon, kai\ *(hmiwbo/lion o(moi/ws.
All three words here (diôbolon, triôbolon, hêmiôbolion) are neuter nouns -- hence, presumably, the 'likewise' -- deriving from "obelos/obolos" (omicron 7), a weight or coin. When a coin, as here, there were six to the (Attic) drachma (cf. delta 1516). LSJ entry at web address 1.
For diw/bolon and triw/bolon see ?Aristotle, Athenaion Politeia 41.3 (web address 2: the first and second increases in pay, from 1 obol, for attending the assembly; 390s).
[1] The more authentic form is h(miwbe/lion. See generally LSJ s.v., and cf. alpha 2416, eta 345, eta 346, pi 752.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; historiography; history; law
Translated by: Victoria Papaprodromou on 20 April 2005@10:35:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, other cosmetics) on 20 April 2005@19:10:22.
Catharine Roth (adjusted links) on 20 April 2005@19:15:08.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented and modified notes) on 21 April 2005@03:00:18.
Catharine Roth (identified links, added cross-reference) on 21 April 2005@12:33:21.
David Whitehead (modified links) on 22 April 2005@02:42:00.
David Whitehead on 13 July 2012@05:33:09.
David Whitehead (coding) on 11 November 2015@07:56:34.


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