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βωμοί, the public altars of the gods, usu. raised on a base (“κρηπίς”) with steps (cp. 854, O. T. 182).

ἐσχάραι, portable braziers, used in private houses either for sacrifice to household deities (esp. “Ἑστία”), or for purposes of cooking. Harpocration s.v. quotes Ammonius of Lamprae (an Attic writer of the 1st cent. A.D. , who left a treatise “Περὶ βωμῶν καὶ θυσιῶν”):—“ἐσχάραν φησὶ καλεῖσθαι τὴν μὴ ἔχουσαν ὕψος,...ἀλλ᾽ ἐπὶ γῆς ίδρυμένην”. It stood on four legs, instead of having a pedestal like the “βωμός” (Ross Inscrr. 3. 52 “ἐσχάραν τετράποδον”). It was used in sacrifice to the “ἥρωες”, who, not being “θεοί”, had no claim to “βωμοί”: Pollux 1. 8 “ἐσχάρα δ᾽ ἰδικῶς δοκεῖ ὠνομάσθαι, ἐφ᾽ ἧς τοῖς ἥρωσιν ἀποθύομεν.

παντελεῖς, in their full tale, ‘one and all.’ So “ὁλόκληροι” or “ὁλοσχερεῖς” could be used, where the notion was that of a total to which no unit was lacking.—Not, ‘receiving “ἱερὰ τέλεια”’; nor, ‘serving for all rites’ (“τέλη”).


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