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Aporrhēta

τὰ ἀπόρρητα). Literally, “things forbidden.” The word has two peculiar, but widely different, acceptations in the Attic usage. In one of these it implies contraband goods—i. e. those of which the export (not the import) was prohibited. The chief of these were corn (of which there was a steady importation) and articles used in the building and equipment of the fleet. An enumeration of these at different periods of Athenian history is given by Böckh (P. E. pp. 53, 54).

In the other sense, it denotes various contumelious epithets, from the application of which both the living and the dead were protected by special laws (Meier, Att. Process, p. 482).

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