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βῆμα , Aeol. and Dor. βᾶμα , ατος, τό, (βαίνω)
A.step, pace, h.Merc.222, 345, Pi.P.3.43, A.Ch.799 (lyr.); “σπουδῇ . . βημάτων πορεύεταιE.Andr. 880; “τοσόνδε β. διαβεβηκώςAr.Eq.73; footfall, “ἐρατὸν βᾶμαSapph. Supp.5.17; Διὸς εὔφρονι βήματι μολεῖν to journey under the kindly guidance of Zeus, S.El.163 (lyr.); gait, “β. οὐκ ὀρθόνHippiatr.27.
2. step, as a measure of length, = 10 παλαισταί, about 2 1/2 feet, Hero *Deff. 131.
3. metaph., step, 'moment', “πρόοδος ἐν τρισὶ β. διισταμένηDam.Pr.258.
II. = βάθρον, step, seat, S.OC193 (lyr.).
2. raised place or tribune to speak from in a public assembly, etc., Th.2.34, LXX Ne.8.4, etc.; in the Pnyx at Athens, ἐπὶ τὸ β. ἀναβῆναι enter public life, D.18.66; “αἱ ἀπὸ τοῦ β. ἐλπίδεςId.4.45; also in the lawcourts, Id.48.31, Aeschin.3.207; of a suppliant, “ἐπὶ τοῦ β. καθεδούμενονAr.Pl.382; in the βουλευτήριον, Antipho6.40.
b. tribunal of a magistrate, “τοῦ ἡγεμόνος β.PTeb.434 (ii A. D.).
3. = θυμέλη, Poll.4.123; “β. θεήτρουIG3.239.
4. base, pedestal, OGI219.36 (Ilium, iii B. C.), 299.15 (Pergam., ii B. C.).
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