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Headword: Λειπομαρτυρίου δίκη
Adler number: lambda,381
Translated headword: suit against a recalcitrant witness
Vetting Status: high
They [i.e. the Athenians] used to bring a lawsuit against those who knew something of what had happened and promised to give evidence in court, but later absconded; and if convicted, [the defendants] would pay an appropriate penalty;[1] but if the plaintiff failed to convict, an additional penalty of a drachma was paid.
Greek Original:
Λειπομαρτυρίου δίκη: τοῖς ἐπισταμένοις τι τῶν πεπραγμένων καὶ μαρτυρήσειν ὑπεσχημένοις ἐν δικαστηρίῳ, εἶτα δὲ ὕστερον ἀπο- φυγοῦσιν ἐλάγχανον δίκην: κἂν μὲν ἥλωσαν, ἐτιμῶντο κατ' ἀξίαν: εἰ δὲ μὴ ἕλοι ὁ διώκων, πρόστιμον ἐτίθετο δραχμή.
Same entry in Photius (lambda149 Theodoridis).
For an instance of such a suit see [Demosthenes] 49.18-21 (web address 1).
[1] That is, the suit fell procedurally into the category of those without fixed penalty (alpha 4364).
A.R.W. Harrison, The Law of Athens ii (Oxford 1971) 141-2
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; ethics; law; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 September 2001@09:05:02.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; added link; set status) on 7 November 2003@17:57:31.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 2 July 2004@07:50:53.
David Whitehead on 17 April 2013@05:28:36.


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