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Headword: *)/agrafa a)dikh/mata
Adler number: alpha,342
Translated headword: unwritten crimes
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] those about which there is no written law.
Greek Original:
*)/agrafa a)dikh/mata: oi(onei\ u(pe\r w(=n no/mos ou) ge/graptai.
Same or similar entry in other lexica; references at Photius alpha242 Theodoridis.
The headword phrase (neuter plural) is vague-looking, but it belongs in a particular context: the procedure for eisangelia ("impeachment") in classical Athens. Lexicographers on this subject defined as impeachable offences not only specific acts of treason or corruption but also "unwritten public crimes", a)/grafa dhmo/sia a)dikh/mata. Besides the present entry see, chiefly, Pollux 8.51 and Lex. Rhet. Cant., s.v. eisangelia; and cf. Aristotle, Rhetoric 1375a15. Amongst modern scholars, Rhodes (below) accepts this while Hansen (below) 16-17 and 19-20 does not; their exchanges were continued in JHS 1979 (Rhodes) and 1980 (Hansen).
P.J. Rhodes, The Athenian Boule (Oxford 1972)
M.H. Hansen, Eisangelia (Odense 1975)
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; law
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 27 August 1998@18:28:24.
Vetted by:
David Mirhady on 17 December 1999@16:32:41.
David Whitehead (modified note; cosmetics) on 12 February 2001@08:24:05.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 January 2012@07:29:55.
David Whitehead on 19 August 2013@04:31:46.


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