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Democracy and the rule of law in classical Athens : essays on law, society, and politics.

Harris, E. (2006) 'Democracy and the rule of law in classical Athens : essays on law, society, and politics.', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Abstract

This volume brings together essays on Athenian law by Edward M. Harris, who challenges much of the recent scholarship on this topic. Presenting a balanced analysis of the legal system in ancient Athens, Harris stresses the importance of substantive issues and their contribution to our understanding of different types of legal procedures. He combines careful philological analysis with close attention to the political and social contexts of individual statutes. Collectively, the essays in this volume demonstrate the relationship between law and politics, the nature of the economy, the position of women, and the role of the legal system in Athenian society. They also show that the Athenians were more sophisticated in their approach to legal issues than has been assumed in the modern scholarship on this topic.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited. Chapter 1.1: 'Solon and the spirit of the law in archaic and classical Greece', pp.3-14.
Full text:PDF - Published Version (772Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.2277/052185279X
Record Created:25 Mar 2008
Last Modified:27 Oct 2010 13:24

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