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Headword: *)epwbeli/a
Adler number: epsilon,2832
Translated headword: obol-fine
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the sixth of the valuation of the lawsuit, which those who had indicted people used to pay if they failed to secure a conviction. It was so called because it was an obol for each drachma.[1]
Consequently, epobelia [was the name of] the penalty.
Consequently, epobelia [was] the interest, [mentioned] by Plato in Laws [book] eleven.[2]
Greek Original:
*)epwbeli/a: to\ e(/kton ti/mhma th=s di/khs, o(\ e)pra/ttonto oi( graya/menoi/ tinas kai\ mh\ e(lo/ntes au)toi=s toi=s grafei=sin. e)kalei=to de\ ou(/tws, o(/ti kaq' e(ka/sthn draxmh\n o)belo\s h)=n. *)epwbeli/a ou)=n h( zhmi/a. *)epwbeli/a ou)=n o( to/kos, u(po\ *pla/twnos *no/mwn ia#.
For this feature of classical Athenian jurisprudence see already epsilon 2830, epsilon 2831.
[1] A paraphrase of Harpokration s.v., where Demosthenes 45.6 is cited.
[2] Plato, Laws 921D (on a quite different matter: anyone in Magnesia who takes delivery of a piece of work from a craftsman but fails to pay him for it within a year must pay one obol per drachma for every month in arrears). This part of the entry = Photius, Lexicon epsilon1865.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; law; philosophy; rhetoric; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 November 2000@06:06:06.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Altered translation, set status.) on 16 November 2000@23:45:14.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 17 September 2002@07:07:47.
David Whitehead (tweaked notes; another keyword) on 21 December 2007@04:16:10.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; another keyword) on 21 December 2007@06:39:48.
David Whitehead on 8 July 2011@03:29:26.
David Whitehead on 29 August 2013@05:13:43.
David Whitehead on 4 February 2016@06:32:34.


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