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Headword: Σκυρίαν δίκην
Adler number: sigma,714
Translated headword: Skyrian lawsuit, Skyros lawsuit
Vetting Status: high
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.
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.
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 November 2001@04:13:52.
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Catharine Roth on 27 February 2003@00:43:31.
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