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Aidesis
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(αἴδεσις; aídesis). At the time of Draco (before 600 BC) a contract concluded between the dependants of an intentionally or unintentionally killed person and the person responsible for the death, probably affirmed by an oath, on ending the dispute by paying the wergild (IG I3 104.13; Demosth. 43,57), in the 4th cent. the ex parte pardon granted by the dependants of the person killed by unintentional homicide.

Bibliography

D. M. MacDowell, Athenian Homicide Law, 1963, 123 ff.

A. R. W. Harrison, The Law of Athens II, 1971, 78.

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Aidesis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e109510>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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