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Headword: *kaqa/rsion
Adler number: kappa,38
Translated headword: purificatory
Vetting Status: high
It was a custom in Athens to purify the [sc. place of] assembly and the theaters and, in sum, the meeting-places of the people with very tiny piglets, which they called purificatories. This is what the so-called peristiarchs used to do; they had been given that name either from walling round[1] or from [the] hearth.[2]
Greek Original:
*kaqa/rsion: e)/qos h)=n *)aqh/nhsi kaqai/rein th\n e)kklhsi/an kai\ ta\ qe/atra kai\ o(/lws ta\s tou= dh/mou suno/dous mikroi=s pa/nu xoiridi/ois, a(/per w)no/mazon kaqa/rsia. tou=to de\ e)poi/oun oi( lego/menoi peristi/arxoi, o)nomasqe/ntes ou(/tws h)\ a)po\ tou= peristi/xein h)\ a)po\ th=s e(sti/as.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v., commenting on the headword's appearance in Aeschines 1.23.
See also pi 1306, pi 1307.
[1] The verb perist[e]i/xein.
[2] The noun e(sti/a.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; religion; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 November 2000@10:19:57.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords) on 21 August 2003@01:11:28.
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