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Epikleros
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(ἐπίκληρος; epíklēros). Not quite correctly translated as ‘heiress’. If an Athenian citizen or  métoikos was survived only by daughters, they were not entitled to the inheritance in their own right, but their legitimate sons were, and so the inheritance ( klḗros ) could in some circumstances benefit a different family. Because of that danger the law allowed the nearest male collateral relative of the testator ( Anchisteia), to obtain at the same time from the archon or polemarch ( Archontes I), by a process of  epidikasía , the immediate assignment of the klḗros and e…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Epikleros”, 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 28 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e332420>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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