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Embatēa

ἐμβατεία). In Attic law this word (like the corresponding English one, entry) was used to denote a formal taking possession of real property. Thus, when a son entered upon the land left him by his father, he was said ἐμβατεύειν, or βαδίζειν εἰς τὰ πατρῶα, and thereupon he became seised, or possessed of his inheritance. If any one disturbed him in the enjoyment of this property, with an intention to dispute the title, he might maintain an action of ejectment, ἐξούλης δίκη. Before entry he could not maintain such action. Ἐξούλη is from ἐξίλλειν, an old word signifying to eject. The supposed ejectment, for which the action was brought, was a mere formality. The defendant, after the plaintiff's entry, came and turned him off, ἐξῆγεν ἐκ τῆς γῆς. This proceeding (called ἐξαγωγή) took place quietly and in the presence of witnesses; the defendant then became a wrong-doer, and the plaintiff was in a condition to try the right. See Exoules Diké.

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