Judicial Procedure III

Defendants spoke on their own behalf in the dikasterion, and no trial lasted for longer than a day. The time allotted to each speaker was measured by a water-clock (klepsydra). The klepsydra above (reconstructed as the top vessel below) has a clay spout with a bronze inner tube just above the base. Above the spout is a hole limiting the amount of water that the vessel can hold. This one is marked XX for two choes (about 6.4 liters), equivalent to about six minutes. The inscription running between the handles indicates that the klepsydra belongs to the tribe Antiochis.


This replica shows how the klepsydra worked.