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(διαθήκη; diathḗkē).

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A. Meaning and essence

The diatheke represents Greek law's central instrument for testate succession. The word is derived from διατίθεσθαι (diatíthesthai): the ‘putting aside’ of items of personal possession by the testator for persons…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Diatheke”, 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 06 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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