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Succession, laws of
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II. Greek

Succession laws in Greece primarily followed the concept of family succession. Greek law therefore contained several provisions to secure succession within the family group even where there were no legitimate sons (gnesioi). For example, eispoíēsis allowed the nomination of a non-testamentary heir, a process akin to adoption. Where such a replacement heir was also absent, the inheritance ( klḗros ) e…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), Manthe, Ulrich (Passau) and Ego, Beate (Osnabrück), “Succession, laws of”, 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 20 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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