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Headword: *dokimasi/an e)paggei=lai
Adler number: delta,1329
Translated headword: to institute a dokimasia.
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the declaration against a person of a suit of [= for] debauchery. The dokimasia of debauchery does not apply to everyone, but to active politicians [politeuomenoi rhetores] and those who propose decrees.
Greek Original:
*dokimasi/an e)paggei=lai: to\ di/khn e(tairh/sew/s tina kataggei=lai. gi/netai de\ h( th=s e(tairh/sews dokimasi/a ou) pa=sin, a)lla\ politeuome/nois r(h/torsi kai\ yhfi/smata gra/fousin.
Same entry in Photius; similar ones elsewhere.
In classical Athens those who took an active role in politics by making proposals in the ekklesia, boule or law courts, i.e. rhetores or hoi politeuomenoi, as well as magistrates and others were subjected to a dokimasia (scrutiny) to determine whether they were fit to participate in public life. The phrase e)paggeli/a dokimasi/as refers to 'the formal pronouncement in the ekklesia of an intention to proceed.' See Harrison (below) 204. Aeschines speech 2, Against Timarchos, provides our primary evidence for the dokimasia ton rhetoron and in particular for the charge of e(tai/rhsis. See especially section 32 [web address 1] for a phrase akin to the one used here (dokimasi/an ... e)paggeila/tw ktl); Harrison 172; Fisher 157-8. It was considered shameful for a man to prostitute himself. Aeschines 2.29 (web address 2, and Fisher 160-1) states that a man who was prepared to sell his own body could not be trusted not to sell out the state as well.
N.R.E. Fisher, Aeschines, Against Timarchos: Oxford: O.U.P. (Clarendon Ancient History Series), 2001
M.H. Hansen, The Athenian democracy in the age of Demosthenes 2nd ed. Norman: U. Oklahoma Press, 1999, pp. 218-220, 267
A.R.W. Harrison, The law of Athens v.2. Oxford: O.U.P., 1971, pp. 200-207
Koch *Dokimasi/a in RE 5,1 cols. 1268-1274
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Keywords: constitution; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; law; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 31 March 2002@00:36:07.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Cosmetics, added keyword, raised status) on 31 March 2002@02:50:44.
David Whitehead (augmented note and bibliography; cosmetics) on 10 April 2002@06:49:41.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 16 July 2012@04:51:24.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 2 January 2015@01:05:38.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 3 January 2015@22:53:12.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks) on 12 November 2015@09:06:08.


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