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In The Law Courts of Classical Athens, Adriaan Lanni draws on contemporary legal thinking to present a new model of the legal system of classical Athens. She analyzes the Athenians' preference in most cases for ad hoc, discretionary decision-making, as opposed to what moderns would call the rule of law. Lanni argues that the Athenians consciously employed different approaches to legal decision-making in different types of courts. The varied approaches to legal process stems from a deep tension in Athenian practice and thinking, between the demand for flexibility of legal interpretation consistent with the exercise of democratic power by ordinary Athenian jurors; and the demand for consistency and predictability in legal interpretation expected by litigants and necessary to permit citizens to conform their conduct to the law. Lanni presents classical Athens as a case study of a successful legal system that, by modern standards, had an extraordinarily individualized and discretionary approach to justice.Read more
- Draws on contemporary legal thinking to present a new model of the Athenian legal system
- Compares Athenian judicial notions and practices with modern democratic ones
- Accessible to readers unfamiliar with Athenian history
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- Date Published: October 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521733014
- length: 222 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.33kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Athens and its legal system
3. Relevance in the popular courts
4. The homicide courts
5. Legal insecurity in Athens
6. Maritime cases
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