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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Rhetoric and the Law of Draco


ISBN13: 9780198150862
ISBN: 0198150865
Published: February 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £145.00



Trials for murder and manslaughter in ancient Athens are preserved in a singularly full and revealing record. The earliest surviving speeches were written for such proceedings, and the laws governing such trials - laws that tradition ascribes to Draco himself - also survive in large part. These documents bear witness to the birth of the jury trial and of democratic rhetoric. This book, the first study of its kind, offers a systematic interpretation of Draco's law and the legal reasoning that grew out of it. The author outlines the historical development (7th to 4th centuries BCE), and then analyses the surviving speeches to unravel the underlying issues and practical consequences.;This book is intended for students and scholars of Greek history and literature, social history, and comparative law.