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Title: Artabas of Grain or Artabas of Grains?
Author(s): CLARYSSE, Willy
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 51    Date: 2014   
Pages: 101-108
DOI: 10.2143/BASP.51.0.3206257

Abstract :
Survey of the use of the singular and plural with Greek words for grain. The original plural gives way to the singular in the course of the Hellenistic period, but the plural reappears in the later Roman period for barley, whereas wheat, for which σῖτος is then used rather than πυρός, occurs in the singular. There are, however, a number of exceptions to the general picture, often depending on the case in which the words occur.

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