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Headword: *)ekklhsi/an
Adler number: epsilon,471
Translated headword: assembly
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] bringing-together of a crowd.[1]
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "is an assembly not happening because of wealth?"[2] For we assemble wishing either to preserve something of our own or to appropriate something belonging to others. But he is criticizing the three-obol payment because of the litigiousness of the Athenians.[3]
Greek Original:
*)ekklhsi/an: sunagwgh\n o)/xlou. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: e)kklhsi/a d' ou)xi\ dia\ plou=ton gi/netai; e)kklhsia/zomen ga\r h)\ tw=n i)di/wn ti sw=sai boulo/menoi h)\ tw=n a)llotri/wn ti sfeteri/sasqai. diaba/llei de\ to\ e)pi\ filodiki/a| tw=n *)aqhnai/wn triw/bolon.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica. The headword is in the accusative case, evidently quoted from somewhere (there are numerous possibilities).
[2] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 171, quoted here with the explicit dia\ plou=ton instead of the original dia\ tou=ton, "because of him".
[3] These two sentences of comment come from the scholia on this line of Aristophanes. From the 390s BCE the citizens of Athens were paid to attend meetings of the ekklesia (see ?Aristotle, Athenaion Politeia 41.3, with M.H. Hansen, The Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes (Oxford 1991) 150); however, this ancient comment seems to confuse the payment to ekklesiasts with jury pay, to which the charge of litigiousness would be more relevant.
Keywords: comedy; constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; law; politics
Translated by: Debra Hamel on 16 November 1998@11:46:39.
Vetted by:
David Mirhady on 4 January 2000@15:57:01.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented and recast notes) on 28 November 2000@08:13:44.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 16 February 2003@11:07:14.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 December 2005@06:53:48.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaking) on 6 August 2012@07:26:55.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 9 December 2015@03:58:58.


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