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βαλβίς , ῖδος, , prop.
A.rope drawn across the race-course at the starting and finishing-point: mostly in pl., posts to which this rope was attached, Ar.Eq.1159: so in sg., turning-post,νῆσος β. ξεστῇ εἴκασταιPhilostr.VA5.5: also, platform from which the quoit was thrown, Id.Im.1.24: hence, any starting-point, Antipho Soph.69; “βαλβίδων ἄποE.HF867, cf. Ar.V.548: metaph., “ἕρπε πρὸς βαλβῖδα λυπηρὰν βίουE.Med.1245; “ἐκ β. εἰς τέρμαThem.Or.13.177d; “β. λόγου βέβληταιPhilostr.VS2.20.3; “βιβλίουAP4.3b.75 (Agath.); but, edge, ib.39.
II. since the starting-point was also the goal, βαλβῖδες was used for any point to be gained, as the battlements (by one scaling a wall), S.Ant.131 (lyr.), cf. Lyc.287, Opp.C.1.513.
III. = κοιλότης παραμήκης, Gal.19.87; v. foreg.
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