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Headword: *draxmh/
Adler number: delta,1516
Translated headword: drachma
Vetting Status: high
See under "talent."[1] 100 drachmas make one m(i)na.[2]
A drachma [is] a weight of currency equal to 10 drachmas of silver.
A drachma [is] six obols.[3]
And Aristophanes [writes]: "spend three drachmas for me [to buy] a piglet." [This is said] in reference to those who are about to die or to be initiated [sc. into the Mysteries]; since the initiates used to sacrifice a small pig. The initiates were considered to be enrolling among the pious.[4]
And [there is] a proverb: "for a drachma he plays the pipes, but for four he stops." See under "Arabian messenger."[5]
Greek Original:
*draxmh/: zh/tei e)n tw=| ta/lanta. ai( r# draxmai\ poiou=si mi/an mna=n. *draxmh\ de\ o(lkh\ nomi/smatos ei)s a)rguri/ou draxma\s i#. *draxmh/, e(\c o)bolw=n. kai\ *)aristofa/nhs: ei)s xoiri/dion da/neiso/n moi trei=s draxma/s. e)pi\ tw=n mello/ntwn a)poqnh/skein h)\ muei=sqai: e)pei\ oi( muou/menoi xoi=ron e)/quon. e)do/koun de\ oi( muou/menoi e)s tou\s eu)sebei=s ta/ttesqai. kai\ paroimi/a: draxmh=s me\n au)lei=, tetta/rwn de\ pau/etai: zh/tei e)n tw=| *)ara/bios a)/ggelos.
[1] tau 34.
[2] cf. mu 1144.
[3] cf. Etymologicum Magnum 287.20.
[4] Aristophanes, Peace 374, with scholion; cf. mu 1385.
[5] alpha 3729.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; economics; meter and music; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 March 2005@21:03:54.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 22 March 2005@02:51:26.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 23 October 2005@10:21:25.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 18 July 2012@05:36:29.


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