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  • n. Plural form of ostrakon.

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Examples

  • Ostracism was a procedure by which an Athenian citizen could be honorably banished from Athens and her possessions for ten years without loss of property or citizenship if, after the Athenians had chosen to hold such a vote, he received the most votes out of a total of at least six thousand votes cast votes were noted on shards of pottery called ostraka.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • A citizen was “ostracized” if, after the Athenians had chosen to hold such a vote, he received the most votes, and a total of at least 6,000 votes noted on shards of pottery called ostraka were cast.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • Elephantine has furnished also a large number of fragments of pottery, commonly called ostraka, bearing inscriptions in ink, of the same date as the papyri.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • Small shards of pottery ostraka were used on which names were written; see Illustration 1.135.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • "They may have to give up ostraka," said the peasant sitting cross-legged by the fire.

    Magicians of Gor

  • "There is the matter of the ostraka, the permits, the restrictions," said another.

    Magicians of Gor

  • Too, guardsmen might, at their option, request the presentation of either ostraka or permits.

    Magicians of Gor

  • The nature of the ostraka, # for example, taking different colors, being recoded, and so on.

    Magicians of Gor

  • "Soon," he said, "there will be regulations about such things, and papers, and permits, and ostraka, and such."

    Magicians of Gor

  • "As we do have the yellow ostraka and our permits do not permit us to remain in the city after dark," said Marcus, "I think we should venture now to the sun gate."

    Magicians of Gor

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