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Headword: *)efe/tai
Adler number: epsilon,3877
Translated headword: ephetai, ephetae
Vetting Status: high
Men over 40 years of age,who have led good lives and possess judgment. They used to try homicide suits. Their law courts were called [the courts] of the ephetai.
Greek Original:
*)efe/tai: a)/ndres u(pe\r n# e)/th gegono/tes kai\ a)/rista bebiwke/nai u(po/lhyin e)/xontes: oi(\ kai\ ta\s fonika\s di/kas e)/krinon. e)kalei=to d' au)tw=n ta\ dikasth/ria e)fetw=n.
Same or similar materal in other lexica; and see generally OCD(4) s.v. (p.509).
As with e.g. Hellenotamiai (epsilon 841, epsilon 842, epsilon 843), the Suda's material on the ephetai comes in three contiguous entries: see also epsilon 3876 and epsilon 3878 (which contain more controversial statements than does the present one).
D.M. MacDowell, Athenian Homicide Law (Manchester 1963), esp. chap.5
M. Gagarin, Drakon and Early Athenian Homicide Law (New Haven 1981)
E.M.Carawan, Rhetoric and the Law of Draco (Oxford 1998)
Keywords: constitution; definition; ethics; law
Translated by: Joseph Wrightson on 29 April 2000@17:20:54.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ (added keyword) on 30 April 2000@22:48:15.
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added note and bibliography) on 20 September 2000@04:18:27.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 9 October 2005@07:13:06.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 August 2009@07:15:36.
David Whitehead (tweaking; raised status) on 19 November 2012@03:28:50.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@09:06:26.


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