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Epikleros Jesse Russell

Epikleros

Jesse Russell

Published February 23rd 2012
ISBN : 9785510592443
Paperback
94 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Epikleros ( ) (plural epikleroi) was the term used to describe an heiress in ancient Athens, and in other ancient Greek city states. It denoted a daughter of a man who had no male heirs. In Sparta they wereMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Epikleros ( ) (plural epikleroi) was the term used to describe an heiress in ancient Athens, and in other ancient Greek city states. It denoted a daughter of a man who had no male heirs. In Sparta they were called patroiouchoi ( ), as they were in Gortyn. Athenian women were not allowed to hold property in their own name- in order to keep her fathers property in the family, an epikleros was required to marry her fathers nearest male relative. Even if a woman was already married, evidence suggests that she was required to divorce her spouse to marry that relative. Spartan women were allowed to hold property in their own right, and so Spartan heiresses were subject to less restrictive rules. Evidence from other city-states is more fragmentary, mainly coming from the city-states of Gortyn and Rhegium.