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The rule of law in action in democratic Athens

Author: Edward Monroe Harris
Publisher: New York Oxford University Press 2014, 2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author aims to show how the Athenians attempted to put the ideal of the rule of law into action and to understand the nature of litigation in its democratic context. Recent books about the Athenian courts have focused mainly on Athenian social values, but they have paid less attention to the political ideal of the rule of law and to the procedures the Athenians followed to implement this ideal. This study moves  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Monroe Harris
ISBN: 9780199899166 0199899169 9780199369690 0199369690
OCLC Number: 869485139
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface ; Introduction ; Part I - The Political And Social Contexts of Athenian Law ; Chapter 1 - Was Athens a State or a Stateless Community? The Political Context of Athenian Law ; Chapter 2 - Feuding or the Rule of Law? An Essay in Legal Sociology ; Part II - Applying the Law ; Chapter 3 - The Judicial Oath ; Chapter 4 - What are Athenian Laws about? Substance and Procedure in Athenian Statutes ; Chapter 5 - Open Texture in Athenian Law: The Approach of the Litigants ; Chapter 6 - Open Texture in Athenian Law: The Response of the Courts ; Chapter 7 - Did the Athenian Courts Attempt to Achieve Consistency? The use of Precedents in Forensic Orator ; Chapter 8 - How Strictly did the Athenian Courts Apply the Law? The Role of Epieikeia ; Part III - The Breakdown of the Rule of Law ; Chapter 9 - Cleon and the Defeat of Athens ; Appendix 1 - Hunter on Citizens Enforcing the Law ; Appendix 2 - Magistrates Enforcing Laws and Decrees in the Fifth Century BCE ; Appendix 3 - Quotations or Allusions to Judicial Oath in Attic Orators ; Appendix 4 - Organization of the Gortyn Lawcode ; Appendix 5 - Laws in the Attic Orators ; Appendix 6 - Categories of atimoi listed in the decree of Patrocleides ; Appendix 7 - Issues in the Orators ; Appendix 8 - Public Service in the Attic Orators ; Appendix 9 - The Authorship of the Speeches in the Demosthenic Corpus ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: Edward M. Harris

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The Law in Action in Democratic Athens is the first extensive study of the importance of the rule of law in Athenian democracy.  Read more...

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