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Headword: Atimêtos agôn
Adler number: alpha,4364
Translated headword: unassessed lawsuit
Vetting Status: high
['Unassessed' lawsuit and 'assessed': 'assessed' means] the one for which no assessment[1] is established that is specified in the laws; instead, what the litigants ought to suffer or pay was assessed [sc. by the jury each time]. But the '[un]assessed' [suit is the one] in which there is a specified assessement [coming] from the laws.
Greek Original:
Atimêtos agôn: eph' hôi timêma hôrismenon ek tôn nomôn ou keitai, all' hoi dikazontes etimônto ti dei pathein ê apotisai. ho de timêtos, hôi prosestin apo tôn nomôn hôrismenon timêma.
Carelessly (or perversely?) abridged from Harpokration s.v., commenting on this technical term's occurrence in Aeschines (3.210) and Demosthenes (21.90). The first pair of square brackets in the translation above indicates what the Suda has missed out, and by so doing made the entry say (with the help of a change from 'unassessed' to 'assessed' in the final sentence) the exact opposite of what it should.
[1] In the sense of penalty, financial or other.
S.C. Todd, The Shape of Athenian Law (Oxford 1993) 134-5
Keywords: daily life; definition; law; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 11 October 2000@04:01:06.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 27 August 2002@05:51:19.
William Hutton (modified translation, added keyword, set status) on 29 June 2003@07:43:32.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 29 June 2003@08:04:48.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 1 July 2011@04:13:44.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr and expanded note, at the prompting of Brad Cook) on 13 March 2013@04:19:09.


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