ὀβελός

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ὀβελός (obelós) (genitive ὀβελοῦ) m, second declension

  1. a spit, rod
    1. (ὀβελὸς λίθινος) a pointed square pillar, obelisk
  2. a horizontal line
    • Lucianus, Essays in Portraiture Defended 24

Usage notes[edit]

The horizontal line was used as a critical mark to point out that a passage was spurious, but with one point below and one above (÷) (ὀβελὸς περιστιγμένος (obelòs peristigménos)) it denoted superfluous passages, especially in philosophical writings.

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References[edit]

  • LSJ 8th edition