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Obol’

 

an urban-type settlement in Shumilino Raion, Vitebsk Oblast, Byelorussian SSR, on the Obol’ River. It has a railroad station on the Vitebsk-Polotsk line, and the highway from Moscow to Riga passes through the settlement. Local plants produce bricks and pressed-peat insulating material. The settlement has a museum of komsomol glory, affiliated with the Byelorussian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45.


Obol’

 

a river in Vitebsk Oblast, Byelorussian SSR; a right tributary of the Zapadnaia Dvina. It is 148 km long and drains an area of 2,690 sq km. After issuing from Lake Ezerishche (16,600 sq km), it flows through marshy lowlands. It is fed mainly by snow, and the average discharge 23 km from its mouth is 21.9 cu m per sec. The river freezes over in late November and breaks up in the second half of March or in April.


Obol

 

(1) A unit of weight and a silver, later copper, coin in ancient Greece, equal to 1/6 of a drachma.

(2) A bronze coin in Byzantium in the ninth and tenth centuries, equal to 1/2 of a follis.

(3) A copper coin in France in the ninth century, equal to 1/2 of a denier (a small coin, worth 1/12 of a sou or 1/240 of a livre, which remained in circulation until the early 19th century). The term “obol” (obole in French) was later applied to a silver coin, worth 4 denier in the time of Philip the Fair (1285–1314) and 7 1/2 denier under Charles IV (1322–28).

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The sales tax was one obol and the restored sales price less than five drachmas.
The price recorded in the Stelai is ten drachmas and one obol.
An obol for nearly four litres of grain, the city is cheap;' then to the olive market, `a litre of olives for two coppers'; then to the clothes market, `a tunic for ten drachmas
A less expensive assignation, however, might have cost one obol (30 pence) or less.
His predilections are often juxtaposed with the attitudes of his father Philocleon who embodies the spirit of the average Athenian dikast who was happy to earn those three obols a day in jury pay.
I WAS very interested to read the feature on OBOLS and other UFOs (ECHO January 13).
5 From the time of the Peloponnesian War onward, the pay for an experienced oarsman was at a minimum 3 obols a day (e.
Although many people have heard of UFOs, what about OBOLs which stands for Orange Ball of Light?
At 11pm that night, OBOLs are seen over Walton, Wavertree, Kensington, West Derby and Huyton.
Note, however, Aristophanes Wasps 607-9, where Philokleon enjoys a French kiss from his daughter, who is fishing obols out of his mouth with her tongue.
The issues of such fractional coinage becomes more prominent in the fourth century when a wide range of small coins was issued right down to the value of one-eighth of an obol.