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The ‘Treatment’ of a Box in Delphi: A Unique Use of the Word ἺΑΣΙΣ

  • Jean Vanden Broeck-Parant (a1)

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The inscription CID II.34 presents a unique use of the word ἴασις, which commonly means ‘treatment mode’ or ‘therapeutic method’ in medical terminology. It is applied here to an archive box and has been accordingly translated, until now, as ‘repair’. However, a comparison with a passage from Theophrastus suggests that the term may refer, in this particular context, to a preventive measure designed to protect the box and the documents it contained from humidity and decay.

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* . I am grateful to the JHS editor, Douglas Cairns, and to the anonymous reviewers for their useful suggestions and editing. I also would like to thank Vivi Saripanidi for sharing her precious insights on the subject and Athena Tsingarida and Marie de Wit for their careful proofreading.

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The ‘Treatment’ of a Box in Delphi: A Unique Use of the Word ἺΑΣΙΣ

  • Jean Vanden Broeck-Parant (a1)

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