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Headword: *seisa/xqeia
Adler number: sigma,289
Translated headword: seisachtheia, shaking-off-of-burdens
Vetting Status: high
A cancellation of public and private debts, which Solon brought in. Its name reflected the custom in Athens for poor debtors to repay their creditors with physical labour; when discharged, this was tantamount to shaking off [aposeisasthai] the burden [achthos]; but as Philochorus sees it, the burden was [sc. in reality] voted off.[1]
Greek Original:
*seisa/xqeia: xrewkopi/a dhmosi/wn kai\ i)diwtikw=n, h(\n ei)shgh/sato *so/lwn. ei)/rhtai de/, par' o(/son e)/qos h)=n *)aqh/nhsi tou\s o)fei/lontas tw=n penh/twn sw/mati e)rga/zesqai toi=s xrh/stais: a)podo/ntas de\ oi(onei\ to\ a)/xqos a)posei/sasqai: w(s *filoxo/rw| de\ dokei=, a)poyhfisqh=nai to\ a)/xqos.
Same entry in Photius: see sigma126 Theodoridis, with other references there.
For Solon see generally sigma 776, sigma 777 and (on the seisachtheia) sigma 779.
[1] Philochorus FGrH 328 F114.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; history; imagery
Translated by: David Whitehead on 31 October 2001@06:07:05.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Augmented note to enable links with other entries; added italics; set status) on 5 December 2004@00:53:00.
David Whitehead (augmented headword and translation) on 5 December 2004@05:03:01.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 22 November 2005@10:12:21.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 17 August 2011@08:05:27.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2011@08:07:32.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2013@07:33:48.


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