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(εἰσποίησις; eispoíēsis). In Athens, eispoiesis referred to a legal institution comparable to modern adoption, similar to the ánpasis in Gortyn (Great Law, col. X 33-XI 23). The eispoiesis was conceived from the perspective of the law of succession ( diatheke ). In Athens, as opposed to Gortyn, a man was only allowed to adopt if he had no marital son. The eispoiesis was also possible in the case of death, even ‘posthumously’, without the professed intention of the ‘adoptive father’. In Athens, eispoiesis was enacted through registration in the list of the respective  phratria; in Gorty…

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“Eispoiesis”, 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 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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