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Diamartyria
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(διαμαρτυρία; diamartyría). A ‘testimonial decision’, an archaic procedure different from normal witness evidence: based on the testimony of one or more witnesses, it was an act with formal determining powers, which in Athens was predominantly admissible in administrative proceedings in respect of inheritance. Such proceedings were initiated by someone with a claim to the estate who was not one of the direct heirs. He would apply for the assignment of the estate ( epidikasía ). A direct heir would then appear as respondent, and supply evidence for his …

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Diamartyria”, 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 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e316650>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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