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Engyesis
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(ἐγγύησις; engýēsis). In Greece a festive legal act concluded between the bridegroom and the  kýrios of the bride in the presence of witnesses on which the husband's rights are founded (also called ἐγγύη, engýē), formerly wrongly interpreted as ‘engagement’. It only became fully effective with the transfer of the bride to the husband ( ékdosis ). In Gortyn the engýēsis is never mentioned but it is by Plato (Leg. 774e). In the papyri engýēsis is a synonym of  engýē .

Bibliography

H. J. Wolff, Beiträge zur Rechtsgesch. Altgriechenlands, 1961, 1…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Engyesis”, 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 25 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e330490>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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