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Policing Athens : social control in the Attic lawsuits, 420-320 B.C.

Author: Virginia J Hunter
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From household gossip to public beatings, this social history explores the many channels through which Athenians maintained public order. Virginia Hunter draws mostly on Attic court proceedings, which allowed for a wide range of evidence, including common rumors about a defendant's character and testimony, obtained under torture, of slaves against their masters. She describes Athenian "policing" as a form of social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia J Hunter
ISBN: 9780691194608 0691194602
OCLC Number: 1077292159
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: Policing and Social Control --
Ch. 1. Kyrios: Authority and Ambiguity in the Athenian Household --
Ch. 2. Trouble in the House: Disputes among Kin and Their Resolution Out of Court --
Appendix: Kin Disputes --
Ch. 3. Slaves in the Household: Was Privacy Possible? --
Appendix 1: Torture --
Appendix 2: Instances of Torture --
Appendix 3: What Slaves Knew --
Ch. 4. The Politics of Reputation: Gossip as a Social Construct --
Appendix: Gossip in the Lawsuits --
Ch. 5. Policing Athens: Private Initiative and Its Limits --
Appendix: Did Ephebes Have a Role as Police? --
Ch. 6. The Body of the Slave: Corporal Punishment in Athens --
Conclusion: Athenian Society and State Reconsidered.
Responsibility: Virginia J. Hunter.
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From household gossip to public beatings, this social history explores the many channels through which Athenians maintained public order. Virginia Hunter draws mostly on Attic court proceedings, which allowed for a wide range of evidence, including common rumors about a defendant's character and testimony, obtained under torture, of slaves against their masters. She describes Athenian "policing" as a form of social control that took place across a range of private and public levels. Not only does policing appear to have been a collective enterprise, but its methods were embedded in a variety of social institutions, resulting in the blurring of the line between state and society.

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