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Headword: Θῆττα
Adler number: theta,372
Translated headword: poor girl
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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.
"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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