ὀβολός

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From ὀβελός (obelós, spit, rod). Plutarch tells us in Lysander 17 that, in early times, nails (ὀβελοί (obeloí)) were used as money, six of which made a handful (δραχμή (drakhmḗ)), and that the name was changed to ὀβολός (obolós).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ὀβολός (obolós) (genitive ὀβολοῦ) m, second declension

  1. obol, obolus, used at Athens as both a weight and a coin, equaling one sixth of a drachma
    1. a Corcyrean coin

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References[edit]

  • LSJ 8th edition