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OBOLOpen Bio-Ontology Language (computing)
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Galatian ruler Deiotarus, deposited as obols in the mouths of the
Second, Lysias ([paragraph][paragraph] 12-13) claimed that the grain merchants violated the stricture limiting profits to one obol per medimnus of grain.
(10.) An obol is a Greek coin equal to 1/6 of a drachma.
The price recorded in the Stelai is ten drachmas and one obol.
Not surprisingly, Diogenes is sold for only two obols, or one-three-hundredths of a mina.
`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!
The use of the "three obol" motif is probably an allusion to Iamblichus, Protrepticus, 125, 1-8, who there interprets the Pythagorean akousma "a figure and a stepping stone, not a figure and three obols." He takes it to mean that we should study geometry, since by it we can ascend to an ontologically higher plane.(89)
The second anecdote records Euclid's answer to a student who asked him, "How shall I benefit if I learn these theorems?" Euclid told his assistant to give the student an obol (a small coin), "Since he must profit from whatever he learns."
An inscription reads [GREK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], designating the wine as cheap plonk, since, according to Hesychius' gloss, the phrase referred to wine sold at three kotylai for one obol. Alternatively, since at Athens trading places are known by the names of what is sold there--`the sprats', `the olive-oil', etc.--it perhaps refers more generally to a cheap wine-bar.
He gave the assurance at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday when he received a delegation of Ugep Kingdom, Cross River State, led by His Royal Highness, Obol Ofem Ubana, Obol Lopon of Ugep, a retired Army officer.
Examples such as Obol, who learned how to care for others through an AIDS-awareness art project, illustrate that 'artivism' can effect changes at the personal scale, but these examples also leave room for speculation regarding the extent to which creative cultures make a difference on a larger level.