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Headword: *)epidiete\s h(bh=sai
Adler number: epsilon,2297
Translated headword: to be two years past puberty
Vetting Status: high
Meaning to be sixteen years old. For puberty lasts until fourteen. But the "ephebes" in Athens were what eighteen-year-olds used to be called; and they would remain as ephebes for two years, after which they were entered into the deme register[s].
Greek Original:
*)epidiete\s h(bh=sai: a)nti\ tou= e(kkai/deka e)tw=n gegone/nai. to\ ga\r h(bh=sai me/xri id# e)sti/n. a)ll' oi( e)/fhboi par' *)aqhnai/ois o)ktwkaidekaetei=s gino/menoi e)le/gonto: kai\ e)/menon me\n e)n toi=s e)fh/bois e)/th du/o, e)/peita ei)s to\ lhciarxiko\n e)gra/fonto grammatei=on.
The entry, via Harpokration s.v., arises from ancient comment on this phrase in a law quoted in Demosthenes 46.20 (where e)pi\ di/etes is read as two words: see web address 1). Harpok. goes on to cite Didymus and to quote Hyperides fr. 192 Jensen.
See also eta 19.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: children; chronology; constitution; daily life; definition; law; medicine; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 November 2000@08:24:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added link) on 26 March 2003@22:13:48.
David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 27 March 2003@03:11:51.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 7 July 2011@08:07:58.
David Whitehead on 27 January 2016@07:43:11.


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