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Headword: *skhni/ths
Adler number: sigma,570
Translated headword: stallholder, tent-man
Vetting Status: high
Isocrates in [the] Banking Speech [refers to] "Pythodoros the so-called stallholder".[1] It seems to be a nickname. Perhaps this is a way of calling him a market man; for many goods were on sale in stalls.
Also "life in a tent",[2] the inconceivable [sort].
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "a skene which they took and possess, but they do not account for this either": Demosthenes in the [speech] Against Spoudias [sc. says this].[3] It seems to be a particular implement: some say that it is a feminine adornment, others a parasol.
Also [attested is the phrase] "[he] provided a skene", that is, according to a gloss, a tent.[4]
Greek Original:
*skhni/ths: *)isokra/ths *trapezitikw=|: *puqo/dwron ga\r to\n *skhni/thn kalou/menon. e)/oike de\ e)pwnu/mion ei)=nai. mh/pote de\ w(s ei)s a)gorai=on lego/menon: e)pei\ e)n skhnai=s e)pipra/sketo polla\ tw=n w)ni/wn. kai\ *skhnh/ths bi/os, o( a)perino/htos. kai/, *skhnh\n de/, h(\n e)/xousin: ou)de\ ga\r tau/thn labo/ntes a)nafe/rousin. *dhmosqe/nhs e)n tw=| pro\s *spoudi/an. e)/oike de\ skeu=o/s ti ei)=nai: o(/per oi( me\n ko/smon tina\ gunaikei=on ei)=nai/ fasin, oi( de\ skia/dion. kai\ *skhnh\n e)ph/cato, toute/sti te/ndan, kata\ glw=ssan.
An amalgamation of two adjacent entries in Harpokration (s.v. skhni/ths and skhnh\n ktl), with other material
[1] Isocrates 17.33 (web address 1).
[2] The phrase occurs in Diodorus Siculus 2.40.6, of an Indian caste.
[3] Demosthenes 41.11 (web address 2).
[4] This phrase occurs in several Christian writers commenting on passages in the Old Testament, such as Genesis 13:18 LXX (Abraham).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; Christianity; daily life; definition; economics; historiography; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 December 2000@07:20:04.
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