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Headword: Θεωρίς
Adler number: theta,221
Translated headword: theoris, [ship] of the sacred envoys
Vetting Status: high
A vessel at Athens, which used to be sent annually to Delos; after Theseus had prayed, when he went away to Crete[1], [the] Athenians used to send it out every year; and it was not permitted to carry out any sentence of death before its return. This is the reason why Socrates too was bound in prison for a long time, until the moment the theoris came back.[2]
Greek Original:
Θεωρίς: πλοῖον Ἀθήνησιν, ἣ κατ' ἔτος εἰς Δῆλον ἐπέμπετο: ἣν εὐξαμένου Θησέως, ὅτε εἰς Κρήτην ἀπῄει, καθ' ἕκαστον ἔτος Ἀθηναῖοι ἔπεμπον: καὶ οὐκ ἐξῆν ἀχθείσης, πρινὴ ἐπανελθεῖν, ἀναιρεῖσθαί τινα καταδίκην. διὰ τοῦτο καὶ Σωκράτης ἐδέδετο ἐν τῷ δεσμωτηρίῳ ἐπὶ πολὺν χρόνον, ἕως οὗ ἐπανῆκεν ἡ θεωρίς.
The vessel is mentioned briefly in Herodotus 6.87, and more fully at the beginning of Plato's Phaedo (58B), ancient comment on which gave rise to the present entry.
[1] To destroy the Minotaur.
[2] See under sigma 829.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; definition; geography; history; mythology; philosophy; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 November 2000@05:25:56.
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Catharine Roth (added keywords) on 12 August 2003@01:42:53.
David Whitehead (added x-refs and keyword) on 12 August 2003@03:46:11.
David Whitehead (removed one x-ref) on 12 August 2003@03:49:22.
David Whitehead on 1 January 2013@06:43:20.


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