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The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law


  • Page extent: 496 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.72 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521521598 | ISBN-10: 0521521599)

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This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the major themes and topics pertinent to ancient Greek law. Many of the 22 essays, written by an international team of experts, cover procedural and substantive law in classical Athens, but significant attention is also paid to legal practice in the archaic and Hellenistic eras. The essays offer substantial evidence of legal practice in Crete and Egypt, as well as the intersection of law with religion, philosophy, political theory, rhetoric, and drama.


Part I. Law in Greece: 1. The unity of Greek law; 2. Writing, law and written law Rosalind Thomas; 3. Law and religion Robert Parker; 4. Early Greek law Michael Gagarin; Part II. Law in Athens I: Procedure: 5. Law and oratory at Athens Stephen Todd; 6. Relevance in Athenian courts Adriaan Lanni; 7. The influence of procedural choice on Athenian court-room strategies Lene Rubinstein; 8. The role of the witness in Athenian law Gerhard Thur; 9. Theories of punishment David Cohen; 10. The rhetoric of law in fourth-century Athens Harvey Yunis; Part III. Law in Athens II: Substantive Law: 11. Crime, punishment, and the rule of law in Classical Athens David Cohen; 12. Gender, sexuality, and law Eva Cantarella; 13. Family and property law Alberto Maffi; 14. Athenian citizenship law Cynthia Patterson; 15. Commercial law Edward E. Cohen; Part IV. Law Outside Athens: 16. The Goryns laws John Davies; 17. Greek law in foreign surroundings Hans-Alpert Rupprecht; 18. Hellenistic law: general framework Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski; Part V. Other Approaches to Greek Law: 19. Law, Attic comedy, and the regulation of comic speech Robert Wallace; 20. Greek tragedy and law Danielle Allen; 21. Law and political theory Josiah Ober; 22. Law and nature in Greek thought A. A. Long.


"I have successfully used the Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law with my students in a senior undergraduate course on Greek law. Its range of intellectual approaches and accessibility have worked very well." --Phoenix: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada

"A conspicuous place in legal historian's toolkit will be reserved for The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law."
Ordia Prima, Ilias N. Arnaoutoglou, Academy of Athens


Rosalind Thomas, Robert Parker, Michael Gagarin, Stephen Todd, Adriaan Lanni, Lene Rubinstein, Gerhard Thur, David Cohen, Harvey Yunis, Eva Cantarella, Alberto Maffi, Cynthia Patterson, Edward E. Cohen, John Davies, Hans-Alpert Rupprecht, Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski, Robert Wallace, Danielle Allen, Josiah Ober, A. A. Long

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