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Ephesis
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(ἔφεσις; éphesis). Derived from the verb ἐφίεσθαι (ephíesthai, to turn to someone), in Athens ephesis denoted a series of legal actions in which a person turned to the competent authority for a decision after a provisional decision had been reached. One certainly cannot speak of a uniform institution comparable to today's ‘appeal’. Solon (around 600 BC) is said to have allowed the ephesis for decisions of the  archontes at the  Heliaea (Aristot. Ath. Pol. 9,1). In the classical period there was the ephesis to a  dikastḗrion against an  epibolḗ imposed by an archon an…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Ephesis”, 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 26 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e331440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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