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Classical Studies
CLST 100
Christina Zaccagnino

 Graphe writ  Graphe paranomon writ concerning illegal proposal  Dike suit  Sukophantes (pl. sukophantai vexatious litigants  If a person was a victim of a crime they could choose to press charges or not  Trials lasted only one day in Athens  The accused represented themselves (no lawyers to talk on their behalf)  The rich could hire people to write their speeches  A water clock was used to tell time during trials. If time was needed to be stopped the hole in the clock was covered  Water clock klesydra  It was possible to call witnesses o Normally close friends and intimate family members were called but when it came time for needing evidence in court anyone who was present at the time was called on  Women and slaves could not be witnesses  Athenian bronze-ballots o The hollow ballet was for guilty o The full ballot was for innocent o To keep the ballot secret they covered the hole so no one could see whether they were hollow or full  When the trial was over the jurors received lead token to be paid for their work  In prisons there were war prisoners etc., but also people waiting to be executed.  Prisons were small because people only stayed there for a short time (since they were either exiled, executed, or let go) Outlawry 
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