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Headword: Θῆττα
Adler number: theta,372
Translated headword: poor girl
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] an heiress, who does not have a dowry because her father left her in poverty, but is being dowered by her relatives in accordance with the law [to the extent of] 500 drachmas.
Greek Original:
Θῆττα: ἐπίκληρος, οὐκ ἔχουσα φερνήν, πενιχρὰ καταλειφθεῖσα ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός, ὑπὸ δὲ τῶν ἀγχιστέων προικιζομένη κατὰ νόμον πεντακοσίων δραχμῶν.
Notes:
The headword (a single word in the Greek), here nominative singular, is in Attic dialect (with tt). For its counterpart θῆσσα see already theta 365, and generally LSJ under θής . The entry itself has rememblances to ones in other lexica, e.g. Photius theta172 Theodoridis., but this is more specific.
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"The daughter of a man in the thetic class who survived him and would thus have been an [heiress] if there had been any estate to inherit was known as a θῆσσα and was the subject of special provisions which are set out in full in Demosthenes, Makartatos [Demosth. 43.54]. Her nearest male kinsman was required either to marry her himself or to dower her; the dowry was fixed by the census class to which the man belonged, 500 drachmai if he was a pentakosiomedimnos, 300 if he was a knight, 150 if he was a zeugite" (A.R.W. Harrison, The Law of Athens, i (Oxford 1969) 135-6).
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; law; women
Translated by: Constantina Katsari on 18 May 2002@04:19:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 19 May 2002@09:01:32.
David Whitehead on 19 May 2002@09:02:50.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 5 December 2005@06:15:16.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 3 January 2013@08:57:58.
Catharine Roth (modified cross-reference) on 3 December 2018@01:48:53.

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