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Chresis
(76 words)

[German version]

(xρῆσις; chrêsis). Literally ‘make use (of)’, but also ‘place (something) at (somebody's) disposal’, embracing the modern senses of loan (the meaning ‘oracle’ can be disregarded here). For loan transactions, already in Athens chresis alternates with the narrower, technical term  dáneion (Dem. Or. 49,6; 7; 17; 21; 44; 48).

Chresis

Bibliography

H.-A. Rupprecht, Unt. zum Darlehen im Recht der graeco-ägypt. Papyri der Ptolemäerzeit 1967, 6ff.

Id., Einführung in die Papyruskunde, 1994, 118.

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Chresis”, 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 18 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e233460>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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