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- proper n. In Athens in Ancient Greece, a fund of money expended on festivals, sacrifices, public entertainments, and largesse given to the people.
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In regard to Administrators of Dioceses, consult FERRARI, Theorica et
Even in the dreariest days of decadence, when the study of the Talmud seemed to engross their attention, Jews prosecuted scientific inquiries, as witness Moses Isserles's translation of _Theorica_, an astronomical treatise by Peurbach, the Vienna humanist.
(See my article _Theorica_ in the Archaeological Dictionary.)
But the example once set, Theorica were extended to other festivals besides those of the drama , and finally, under the plausible and popular pretext of admitting the poorer classes to those national or religious festivals, from which, as forming the bulk of the nation, it was against the theory of the constitution to exclude them, paved the way to lavish distributions of the public money, which at once tended to exhaust the wealth of the state, and to render effeminate and frivolous the spirit of the people.