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Headword: Ἡμιωβόλιον
Adler number: eta,346
Translated headword: half-obol
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
And [there is] a proverb: Pases' half-obol, the one which Pases had and used to give to the sellers from whom he was seeking to buy, and it was found again in his possession. This Pases was a weak character, but he so excelled all men in magic that as a result of his spells they saw a lavish banquet and people serving as waiters -- and then it all vanished again.
Greek Original:
Ἡμιωβόλιον. καὶ παροιμία. τὸ Πάσητος ἡμιωβόλιον. ὅπερ ἔχων ὁ Πάσης ἐδίδου τοῖς πιπράσκουσι, παρ' ὧν ἤθελεν ὠνεῖσθαι, καὶ πάλιν παρ' αὐτῷ εὑρίσκετο. οὗτος ὁ Πάσης μαλακὸς μὲν ἦν τὴν φύσιν, πάντας δὲ τοὺς ἐν μαγείᾳ διενήνοχεν, ὥστε ἐκ τῶν ἐπαοιδιῶν αὐτοῦ καὶ δεῖπνον πολυτελῆ ὁρᾶσθαι καὶ διακονουμένους τινάς, καὶ πάλιν ἀφανῆ πάντα γίνεσθαι.
Notes:
See in full under pi 752, from which this material is copied.
For 'half-obol' see also alpha 2416, delta 1222, eta 345.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; food; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 November 2005@06:47:02.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 29 November 2005@11:32:54.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 30 November 2005@03:11:17.
David Whitehead on 17 December 2012@04:07:46.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 26 August 2018@22:16:55.

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