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(Ἔγκτησις; Énktēsis). In the Greek states the acquisition of property was reserved to citizens. Individual foreigners were granted the privilege of énktesis, the right to acquire ‘land’ or ‘a house’ (or both) by a popular resolution. In Athens some  métoikoi were thus provided, generally perhaps the  isoteleís . In the Doric area the term ἔμπασις/ἴμπασις (émpasis/ímpasis) was used instead of enktesis.


J. Pečirka, The Formula for the Grant of E. in Attic Inscriptions, 1966 

A. R. W. Harrison, The Law of Athens I, 1968, 237f. 

A. S. H…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Enktesis”, 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 31 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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