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Headword: Ὀβολοστατεῖ
Adler number: omicron,9
Translated headword: weighs obols
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [he/she/it] lends money.[1] Lysias [writes]: "not even if one were to calculate much less interest than these obol-weighing men exact from others".[2] Obol-weighers is what they used to call money-lenders, as Hyperides and comedy [make clear].[3]
Greek Original:
Ὀβολοστατεῖ: ἀντὶ τοῦ δανείζει. Λυσίας: οὐδ' ἂν οἱ πολλοὶ ἐλάττονα τόκον λογίσαιτό τις, ἢ ὅσον οὗτοι ὀβολοστατοῦντες τοὺς ἄλλους πράττονται. ἔλεγον δὲ ὀβολοστάτας τοὺς δανειστάς, ὡς Ὑπερίδης καὶ ἡ κωμῳδία.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.
[1] Third person singular, present, of ὀβολοστατέω ; extracted, according to Harpok., from Lysias fr. 201 Sauppe (now 253 Carey OCT).
[2] Lysias fr. 156 Sauppe (now 209 Carey OCT), reading εἰ πολὺ ἐλάττονα (as in Harpok.) rather than the οἱ πολλοὶ ἐλάττονα transmitted here.
[3] Hyperides fr. 181 Jensen. ("Obol-weigher" appears as omicron 10, with an unrelated gloss.)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 December 2000@03:05:38.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 19 December 2001@00:16:55.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 17 September 2002@09:32:49.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 27 December 2003@01:18:55.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 28 December 2003@06:29:06.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 12 October 2006@08:37:21.
David Whitehead (expanded and updated notes; cosmetics) on 13 July 2011@03:30:37.


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