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Greek Law in Its Political Setting

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Edited by: Lin Foxhall, A. D. E. Lewis

ISBN13: 9780198140856
ISBN: 0198140851
Published: October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00



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This volume explores the way in which law integrated with other aspects of life in ancient Greece. The papers collected here reveal a number of different pathways between law and political, social, and economic life in Greek societies. Emanating from several scholarly traditions, they offer a range of contrasting but complementary insights rarely collected together. What emerges clearly is that law in Greece only takes on its full meaning in a broadly political context. Dynamic tensions govern the relationships between this semi-autonomous legal arena and other spheres of life. An ideology of equality before the law was juxtaposed with a practical reality of individuals' unequal abilities to cope with it. It is hard to draw firm lines between the settlement of cases in court and the spill-over of legal actions into the agora, the streets, the fields, and the houses. Hence it is hardly surprising if justice can all too easily give way to justification.;This book is intended for scholars and university students of ancient Greek social, economic, and political history or classical studies; also legal historians or scholars of law interested in the ancient world.

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Subjects:
Legal History