Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2302 - θέατρον
- a theatre, a place in which games and dramatic spectacles are exhibited, and public assemblies held (for the Greeks used the theatre also as a forum)
- a public show
- metaph., a man who is exhibited to be gazed at and made sport of
Ion. θέητρον, τό, (θεάομαι)
1. place for seeing, esp. for dramatic representation, theatre, Hdt. 6.67, IG 22.1176, al.; as a place of assembly, Th. 8.93, Lys. 13.32, SIG 976.4 (Samos, ii B.C.), Posidon. 36 J., Acts 19:20, etc.; θ. κυνηγετικόν, of the Roman amphitheatre, D.C. 43.22; εἰς τὸ θ. εἰσφέρειν to bring upon the stage, Isoc. 12.122; τὸ καλὸν τοῦ θ. a good place in the theatre, Ael. VH 2.13, cf. Alciphr. 3.20.
2. collective for οἱ θεαταί, the spectators, 'the house ', Hdt. 6.21, Ar. Eq. 233, al., Pl. Smp. 194b, Com.Adesp. 3D.: metaph., ἐκάθηντο θέατρον αὐτῷ Lib. 722.4.
3. = θέαμα, spectacle, θ. ἐγενήθημεν τῷ κόσμῳ 1 Corinthians 4:9.
4. metaph., of life, τουτὶ τὸ θ. ὑπεκρίθημεν Porph. Mark 2:1-28.
* θέατρον , -ον , τό
(< θεάομαι ),
1. a theatre (used also as a place of assembly): Acts 19:29; Acts 19:31.
2. Collective for οἱ θεαταί , the spectators.
3. = θέα , θέαμα , a spectacle, show: metaph., 1 Corinthians 4:9.†
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The use of the θέατρον as a place for public assemblies, as in Acts 19:29, can be readily illustrated from the insert., e.g. Brit. Mus. Inscrr. III. 481.395 (A.D. 104) φερέτωσαν. . . κατὰ πᾶσαν ἐκκλησίαν εἰς τὸ θέατρον (at Ephesus), Syll 314.46 ἐκκλησία συνήχθη κυρία ἐν [τῶι θεά ]τρωι (see Preuschen HZNT ad loc.). See also the ";neat confirmation"; of Acts 19:32; Acts 19:41 in the inscr. cited from Deissmann LAE, p. 114 s.v. ἐκκλησία. Miscellaneous exx. of the word from the papyri are P Flor I. 61.29 (A.D. 85) (as amended Chrest, II. p. 89) ἄνθρωπον στα [τέον ] εἰς τὰ θέατρ [α, P Oxy III. 471.106 (ii/A.D.) καὶ τὸν οὐκ ἐν λευκαῖς ἐσθῆσιν [ἐ ]ν θεάτρῳ καθίσα ̣[ντα ] παρέδωκας εἰς θ ̣[ά ]ν ̣[ατον, ";and the man who took his seat at the theatre without wearing white garments you delivered to death"; (Edd.), ib. VI. 937.11 (iii/A.D.) παραγγέλλω σοι. . . ἵνα παραβάλῃς πρὸς τῇ πλατείᾳ τοῦ θεάτρου, ";I bid you go to the street of the theatre,"; ib. VII. 1050.16 (ii/iii A.D.) φύλ (αξι) θεάτ ̣[ρου. The adj. occurs in an inscr. from the theatre at Ephesus, OGIS 510.7 (A.D. 138–61) τὴν λοιπὴν παρασκευὴν τῶν θεατρικῶν. MGr θέατρο (ν).
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