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Khoris oikountes and the obligations of freedmen in late classical and early hellenistic Athens

Lewis, David; Canevaro, Mirko

Authors

David Lewis david.lewis@nottingham.ac.uk

Mirko Canevaro mirko.canevaro@ed.ac.uk



Abstract

This article addresses the riddle of the identity of the khoris oikountes or 'dwellers apart' mentioned by Demosthenes (4.36-7) as a group subject to the navy draft. Many scholars view the term as a designation for slaves who lived separately from their owners; others argue that khoris oikountes was a general term for freed slaves. We show that two groups of freedmen existed in Athenian law, one bound to remain in their ex-owner's household and subject to post-manumission obligations, the other not. It is the latter group, which occupied a position vis-a-vis the state almost identical to that of metics, which is the most credible candidate for identification with Demosthenes' khoris oikountes. Included is an in-depth philological and historical analysis of the 'wills of the philosophers' in Diogenes Laertius.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Incidenza dell'antico
Electronic ISSN 1971-2995
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
APA6 Citation Lewis, D., & Canevaro, M. (2014). Khoris oikountes and the obligations of freedmen in late classical and early hellenistic Athens
Keywords Ancient Greece; Athens; Slavery; Manumission; Law
Publisher URL http://www.incidenzadellantico.it/volumi/ida12.php#page=page-1
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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