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Pharmakeia
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(φαρμακεία; pharmakeía). The giving of a medical drug, magic potion or poison (phármakon). In Athens, if someone personally administrated it and this resulted in a citizen's death, a δίκη φόνου (díkē phónou, 'murder charge'; phónos ) could be brought , which was decided by the Áreios págos (Dem. Or. 23; or. 24; Aristot. Ath. Pol. 57,3). In the case of premeditated killing, the punishment was death, otherwise exile. Plato differentiates between the pharmakeia of doctors and sorcerers on the one hand and that of laymen on the other (Pl. Leg. 932e-933e).…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Pharmakeia”, 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 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e918440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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