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Headword: Ἶσαι ψῆφοι
Adler number: iota,625
Translated headword: equal votes
Vetting Status: high
"[...] that he would perish, even if the votes are equal". An exaggerated statement. For whenever the votes [sc. of an Athenian jury] were equal, the defendant was acquitted.
Greek Original:
Ἶσαι ψῆφοι: ὡς ἀπόλοιτο, κἂν ἶσαι ψῆφοι γένωνται. ὑπερβολικῶς εἴρηται. ὅταν γὰρ αἱ ψῆφοι ἶσαι γένωντο, ἀπελύετο ὁ κατηγορούμενος.
Aristophanes, Frogs 685 (web address 1), followed by comment from the scholia there. Again at omega 217 (q.v.), and for the phrase cf. iota 623 and iota 624.
Odd-numbered juries (201, 401, 501, etc.) were introduced in the fourth century to eliminate this very problem.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; law
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 October 2001@07:15:37.
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Catharine Roth (added link) on 8 October 2001@17:52:30.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 10 December 2002@17:34:57.
David Whitehead (expanded note; cosmetics) on 19 July 2004@08:42:45.
David Whitehead on 15 January 2013@06:11:34.


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