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date: 07 December 2022



  • Jakob Aall Ottesen Larsen
  •  and Simon Hornblower


Asylia, was freedom from others' right of self-help by seizure of one's goods (συλᾶν); see syle. Such seizure could be exercised not only against the offender but against other citizens and *metics of the offender's state. When asylia was granted to individuals (e.g. Syl.3 644) it meant that whatever claims there were against the individual's state, the personal property of that individual was safe from seizure by citizens and residents of the asylia-granting state. Asylia could be given to entire states.But asylia in this sense of freedom from legalized reprisals came to mean in effect general freedom from acts of *piracy and *brigandage; A more specific, and perhaps original, meaning was inviolability of shrines: Hellenistic cities often asked for and usually got recognition of asylia for sanctuaries in their territory, cf. Rigbsy 106 ff. (*Cos) or 179 ff. (*Magnesia on Maeander).


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