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Hierosylia
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(ἱεροσυλία; hierosylía). In many Greek poleis ‘temple robbery’, removal from a sanctuary of objects consecrated to gods, which has been very broadly construed (e.g. also embezzlement of silver in state minting of coins, Syll.3 530, Dyme in Achaea, soon after 190 BC. [2]). In Athens hierosylia was probably prosecuted in the 5th cent. by  eisangelía , later by a coming under the jurisdiction of the  thesmothetai ἱεροσυλίας γραφή (hierosylías graphḗ), involving the threat of the death penalty with denial of burial in Attica and financial ruin.

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Hierosylia”, 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 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e513470>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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