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Headword: *)efe/tai
Adler number: epsilon,3876
Translated headword: ephetai, ephetae
Vetting Status: high
Men who, 80 in number,[1] used to try cases [sc. in Athens]. They were called ephetai either because they try cases of murder,[2] or because no appeal [ephesis] is possible from them to another court, that is [their decisions are not] appealable.
Greek Original:
*)efe/tai: a)/ndres, oi(/tines p# o)/ntes e)di/kazon. e)fe/tai de\ e)klh/qhsan, h)/toi o(/ti e)pi\ ai(/mati dika/zousin, h)\ o(/ti e)/fesis par' au)tw=n ou) du/natai ei)s a)/llo dikasth/rion gene/sqai, toute/stin e)/kklhtos.
Similar material in other lexica -- but this is the most dubious of the Suda's trio of entries on this topic: see epsilon 3877 and epsilon 3878 (with the bibliography there); also epsilon 3865, epsilon 3866.
[1] So the transmitted text (with no mss variants reported by Adler), but there is no numeral here: p o)/ntes should be periio/ntes, 'travelling around'.
[2] Literally 'blood', eph' haimati.
Keywords: constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; law
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 May 2003@08:55:59.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 26 July 2003@19:34:08.
David Whitehead (augmented x-refs) on 28 July 2003@03:36:43.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 9 October 2005@07:12:31.
David Whitehead on 19 November 2012@03:26:31.
David Whitehead on 20 March 2016@05:24:10.


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