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Epidikasia
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(ἐπιδικασία; epidikasía). In Athens, the legitimate natural sons of the testator or those adopted during his lifetime ( eispoíēsis ) could claim their inheritance through the simple act of  embateúein , but outside heirs needed an epidikasia decree from the archon to do so ( Archontes [I]). This arrangement, similar to the granting of the Roman  bonorum possessio , authorised the applicant to come into the inheritance, but did not exclude the possibility of a later court decision regarding the right of succession of another pretender ( diadikasía ). Similarly, the  e…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Epidikasia”, 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 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e331990>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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