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Apella, Apellai
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[German version]

This word only occurs in the plural (ἀπέλλαι; apéllai) and is explained by Hesychius as σηκοί (sēkoí; precincts) or by their function as ἐκκλησίαι (ekklēsíai; people's assemblies) or ἐφαιρησίαι (ephairēsíai; voting assemblies).

The Labyad inscriptions in Delphi use apellai to refer to the  Apollo festival of the phratry during the religious month of Apellaios (Michel, RIG 995 = Schwyzer, DGE 323). Inscriptions from Gytheum (Laconia, 1st cent.) add the augmentative attribute μεγάλαι (megálai; IG V 1, 1144, l.20 f.= SGDI 4567 = Michel, RIG 185; IG V 1, …

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Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum), “Apella, Apellai”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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