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Headword: Γνῶμα
Adler number: gamma,336
Translated headword: measuring rod, camp center
Vetting Status: high
"A little farther out than the general's tent a certain place had been appointed, just like an agora, which was called a gnôma.[1] There embassies and announcements and everything took place."[2]
Opinions [γνώμαι ] is also what they used to call the public assemblies. "From now on nobody one will win more opinions among the people than you."[3]
Greek Original:
Γνῶμα: ὀλίγον ἐξωτέρω τῆς στρατηγίδος σκηνῆς χωρίον τι ὥσπερ ἀγορὰ ἀπεδέδεικτο, ὃ δὴ γνῶμα προσηγορεύετο. ἐκεῖσε δὴ αἱ πρεσβεῖαι καὶ αἱ ἀγγελίαι καὶ ὅλα ἐγίνοντο. Γνώμας ἔλεγον καὶ τὰς δημηγορίας. ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν ἐν τῷ δήμῳ γνώμας οὐδεὶς νικήσει πλείονας ἢ σύ.
[1] This word gnôma is the Hellenized form of the Latin groma, which referred to the place where a surveyor's rod was set up to divide a Roman camp into four quarters.
[2] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable with certainty, though Favuzzi 461-463 now argues for Appian.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 431-2 (web address 1 below), with comment from the scholia there; cf. alpha 3604. This second part of the entry has no substantive connection with the first: the link is merely the accidental verbal resemblance between γνῶμα and γνώμας .
Andrea Favuzzi, 'Nuovi frammenti di Appiano', Epigrafia e territorio -- Politica e societa 10 (2016) 461-465
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; politics; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 July 2002@23:17:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented note; cosmetics) on 17 July 2002@08:27:24.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 March 2011@04:22:34.
David Whitehead on 10 June 2012@04:35:50.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 13 September 2012@02:07:25.
David Whitehead on 28 September 2015@06:31:45.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 5 April 2016@01:10:06.
David Whitehead (augmented note, with bibliography) on 14 February 2017@11:21:31.


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