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 (ŏb′əl) also ob·o·lus (ŏb′ə-ləs)
n. pl. ob·ols also ob·o·li (-ə-lī′)
A silver coin or unit of weight equal to one sixth of a drachma, formerly used in ancient Greece.

[Latin obolus, from Greek obolos, variant of obelos, spit, skewer, obol (since the early Greek obol had the form of a long, slender rod like a spit for roasting).]
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(ˈɒb əl)

an ancient Greek coin, the sixth part of a drachma.
[1660–70; < Latin < Greek obolós, literally, spit; compare obelus]
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Yet, and once he "might do at a pinch for a boatman or a gardener", the customer makes a very low and humiliating bid: only two obols, or one-three-hundredths of a mina.
The trip itself is presented from the point of view of a would-be tourist, searching for sites even where none exist: "we visited the main towns of Lycia, interesting more for their history than for their monuments, since they have retained none of their former splendour." Rhodes, the "City of the Sun God," is praised for beauty and sightseeing potential rather than any other characteristic, and Lycinus employs "two or three guides," at the rate of a couple of obols, to take him round the portico of the temple.
The average price for a pot has been estimated to 5 obols, which was less than a day's wage.
A large number of coins were found in denomination of tetradrachmas, drachmas and obols, which had been introduced by Alexander the Great and continued to be copied by his successors the Seleucids as well as by the Arab Rulers.
ADLER, THE JURY: DISORDER IN THE COURTS 244 n.3 (1994) (indicating that a majority of the dikasts was necessary to reach a verdict and that they voted "by dropping a bean or pebble into one of two urns;" the dikasts "generally decided both the outcome and the sentence" and they were paid "three obols a day--enough, scholars say, to pay for three salted fish').
REGARDINGTomSlemen''s article on the OBOLs - Orange Balls of Light (ECHOJanuary 13).inthe daytime, hovering over Utting Avenue East at around rooftop-level.
750-51 and 757, takes the coupling of 'hypaspist' and 'one drachm per day' in IG [ii.sup.2], 329 to mean that the ordinary Macedonian foot-soldier got 1 drachm (6 obols), the 'ten stater' man received 8 obols, and the dimoirites earned 12 obols or 2 drachmas.
A quantity of two obols of its juice drunk with hydromel brings up phlegm and bile as hellebore does; but when too much is drunk, it is lethal.
The price listed in the Stelai is probably 1 drachma and 2 obols. One stool has been excavated in Greece, at a tomb in Stavroupolis near Thessaloniki: Andrianou 2006, p.
The last two lines of 'Fosterage' witness the word 'fostered' for the first time--as if the idea of fosterage only really became clear somewhere between B3 and the final poem--and also that image, rooted in the Classical world, of 'words | Imposing on my tongue like obols'.