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Law, Violence, and Community in Classical Athens

Law, Violence, and Community in Classical Athens

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Part of Key Themes in Ancient History

  • Author: David Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521388375

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  • The theme of this book is the legal regulation of violence and the role of litigation in Athenian society. Using comparative anthropological and historical perspectives, David Cohen challenges traditional evolutionary and functionalist accounts of the development of legal process. Examining Athenian theories of social conflict and the rule of law, as well as actual litigation involving the regulation of violence, he emphasises the way in which the judicial process operates in an agonistic social field. This perspective illuminates the social dimensions of litigation and the legal regulation of violence, and helps to explain otherwise puzzling features of Athenian litigation.

    • David Cohen is the author of our Law, Sexuality, and Society
    • Author brings anthropological perspectives to bear on subject of Athenian law
    • Author sees litigation in Athenian society as a judicial enactment of what in other societies would be the feud
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    'Cohen's is one of those exciting and rare books that take a large piece of historical orthodoxy, explain the intellectual matrix from which the accepted belief derives and present a cogently argued alternative ... [it] is one of the most perceptive and original works in Greek history to have been published for several years.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: October 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521388375
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. The Realm of Theory:
    1. Law and order
    2. Theorising Athenian society: the problem of stability
    3. Theorising Athenian society: the rule of law
    Part II. The Realm of the Courts:
    4. Rhetoric, litigation and the values of an agonistic society
    5. Litigation as feud
    6. Violence and litigation
    7. Hubris and the legal regulation of sexual violence
    8. Litigation and the family
    Conclusion: litigation, democracy and the courts
    Bibliographical essay
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    David Cohen, University of California, Berkeley

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