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Emporos
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(ἔμπορος; émporos). In the Odyssey emporos is a passenger travelling on a foreign ship (Hom. Od. 2,319; 24,300f.). The merchant and shipowner trading in goods for profit, however, is called πρηκτήρ (prēktḗr) or ἀρχὸς ναυτάων (archós nautáōn) in Od. 8,161-164. In keeping with epic language travellers on land and sea are emporoi in Attic tragedies. Hesiod, however, already uses ἐμπορίη (emporíē; Hes. Op. 646) to describe trading by ship and Herodotus also uses the word in that sense. In the Classical period emporos was used in particular of a merchant trading ove…

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Schmitz, Winfried (Bielefeld), “Emporos”, 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 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e330140>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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