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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #4465 - ῥαβδοῦχος
- one who carries the rods i.e. the fasces
- a lictor, a public official who bore the fasces or staff and other insignia of office before a magistrate
one who carries a rod or staff of office:
1 judge, umpire at a contest, Pl. Prt. 338a .
2. magistrate's attendant, staff-bearer, beadle, Ar. Pax 734, UPZ 3.6 ( ii B.C., prob.), IG 9(2).735 (Larissa, iii B.C. ), 1109.24 (Coropa, ii B.C. ), Acts 16:35; so, prob., in Th. 5.50: esp. at Rome, of the lictors who carried the fasces, Plb. 5.26.10, etc.: also ῥαβδοῦχοι, αἱ, female attendants on Oenanthe, mother of Agathocles, Id. 15.29.13 .
*ῥαβδοῦχος , -ου , ό
(< ῥαβδος , ἔχω ),
one who carries a rod or staff of office;
(a) an umpire or judge (Plat.);
(b) in late writers, a Roman lictor: Acts 16:38.†
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