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Headword: *diadikasi/a
Adler number: delta,541
Translated headword: arbitration, claim-settlement, judgment, judicial settlement
Vetting Status: high
A diadikasia is what certain people do with those who are about to serve as chorĂªgos, [those] whom they might want to be designated when it is their [sc. the complainants'] obligation to perform the service.
Greek Original:
*diadikasi/a: diadikasi/a e)sti/n, h(\n poiou=ntai/ tines toi=s me/llousi xorhgei=n, ou(\s a)\n o(risqh=nai bou/lwntai, po/te xrh\ leitourgei=n au)tou/s.
cf. generally delta 540. The source of the present entry (also in Photius) is indeterminable.
The diadikasia had multiple functions in Athenian law; it was "the name given to a variety of (contested) claims either to enjoy a privilege or to be exempt from an obligation" (Todd 119). The present entry refers, somewhat clumsily, to one of the best-attested applications of this (Harrison 235-8, MacDowell 163-4, Todd 120-1): the performance, or avoidance, of festival liturgies and the expense they entailed (cf. generally chi 400). It might also involve an antidosis (see under alpha 3629, eta 39), a challenge to exchange property with someone allegedly better-placed to discharge the liturgy.
A.R.W. Harrison, The Law of Athens, ii: procedure (Oxford 1971)
D.M. MacDowell, The Law in Classical Athens (London 1978)
S.C. Todd, The Shape of Athenian Law (Oxford 1993)
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; law
Translated by: William Hutton on 17 July 2003@04:07:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword, translation, note; added bibliography and keyword) on 17 July 2003@06:07:05.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 27 June 2012@09:43:19.


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