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Headword: Σκυρίαν δίκην
Adler number: sigma,714
Translated headword: Skyrian lawsuit, Skyros lawsuit
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Those making an excuse in [sc. Athenian] lawsuits used to claim that they were away in Skyros.[1]
For Skyros is an island.[2]
Greek Original:
Σκυρίαν δίκην: οἱ σκηπτόμενοι ἐν ταῖς δίκαις ἔφασκον εἰς Σκύρον ἀποδημεῖν. Σκύρος γὰρ νῆσός ἐστι.
Notes:
The headword phrase, in the accusative case, has been taken (on the strength of Pollux 8.1.) to be an unattributable comic fragment: Comica adespota fr. 902 Kock (now 808 K.-A.).
[1] (Likewise in Photius.) "Making an excuse", skepsis, was an Athenian legal procedure for avoiding liability for liturgies etc. See generally A.R.W. Harrison, The Law of Athens, ii (Oxford 1971) 233-6.
[2] In the central Aegean. For Skyros in the Suda see also alpha 4101, alphaiota 238.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; geography; law
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 November 2001@04:13:52.
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