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Headword: *decamenh/
Adler number: delta,223
Translated headword: receptacle
Vetting Status: high
"He came into the sanctuary of Wisdom and sat unexpectedly in the sacred receptacle itself [...] But even from there [Theodora] was able to drag her off."[1] That is, the table which receives the sacred articles.
Greek Original:
*decamenh/: ei)s to\ i(ero\n th=s *sofi/as h(/kwn e)s au)th/n pou th\n qei/an decamenh\n e)capinai/ws e)ka/qisen. a)lla\ ka)nqe/nde a)fe/lkein au)th\n i)/sxuse. toute/stin h( tra/peza h( ta\ qei=a dexome/nh.
The headword, feminine aorist participle of de/xomai, has here the specific meaning of the baptistery in Hagia Sophia (the place for receiving converts) -- although the lexicographer interprets it differently.
[1] Procopius, Secret History 3.24-5, abridged. In the latter part, 'her' (au)th/n) is a slip here for 'him' (au)to/n), i.e. Theodora's enemy Photius.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 July 2002@10:02:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 9 September 2002@05:55:51.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 8 March 2011@06:33:50.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2012@08:20:58.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 15 July 2016@19:26:44.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 15 July 2016@19:43:14.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation following a suggestion from Brady Kiesling) on 28 December 2016@00:46:48.


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