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Androlepsia

or Androlepsion (ἀνδροληψία or ἀνδρολήψιον). The right of reprisals, a custom recognized by the international law of the Greeks; so that when a citizen of one State had killed a citizen of another, and the countrymen of the former would not surrender him to the relatives of the deceased, it was held lawful to seize upon three, and not more, of the countrymen of the offender, and keep them as hostages till satisfaction was afforded or the homicide given up. The trierarchs and the commanders of the ships of war were the persons intrusted with this office. The property which the hostages had with them at the time of seizure was confiscated, under the name of σῦλα or σῦλαι.

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