One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ancient Greek coin worth one sixth of a drachma.
- ‘On the appointed day the Athenian public would gather at the theatre of Dionysus on the south slope of the Acropolis, paid their admission of two obols, and witnessed a series of plays.’
- ‘Pay for mercenaries and allies continued at the same rates as citizens: normally 3 obols, sometimes a drachma.’
- ‘The only one with a regular revenue stream seemed to be Charon's ferry service, no shortage of dead people willing to pay the required obol to get across.’
- ‘A less expensive assignation, however, might have cost one obol or less.’
- ‘He was responsible for increasing the jurors' pay from two to three obols.’
Via Latin from Greek obolos, variant of obelos (see obelus).
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