Dēmos · Classical Athenian Democracy · a Stoa Publication
→ § 56 (Dem. 43).
Craig Gibson, trans., edition of April 30, 2003
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(1) Hagnias and Eubulides were first cousins. Hagnias died childless, but Eubulides left behind a daughter named Phylomache, who was suing for Hagnias’ estate on the grounds that she was his closest living relative. (2) Some men named Glaucus and Glaucon were disputing with her for it, basing their claim not on a close familial relationship with the deceased, but on his will. But when the will was proved in court to be a forgery, Phylomache inherited the estate. (3) Theopompus then went to court, teamed up with Eupolemus and the very men who had lost, and summoned Phylomache to an entitlement hearing over the estate. For the law allowed anyone who so desired, to summon the one who had won and who was holding the estate. Because Theopompus’ case had been trumped up to deceive (as Sositheus says), he won. (4) Theopompus died, leaving behind a son named Macartatus. Meanwhile, a son was born to Phylomache, whom she named Eubulides; she gave him in adoption to her father Eubulides—the first cousin of Hagnias, the man who had left behind the estate. Having given him over for adoption, she introduced him to the clansmen of Eubulides and Hagnias, and the clansmen accepted the boy as properly introduced. (5) Now that this has been accomplished, the son has summoned Macartatus, son of Theopompus, to an entitlement hearing over the estate. And Sosistheus, the son’s natural father, delivers the speech.
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