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Athenian Law and Society (eBook)

ISBN13: 9781317177517
Published: October 2018
Publisher: Routledge
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The study of law is the study of the society which created it. Societies create laws in order to safeguard values which are important to them, and this is why the study of the laws of a society sheds light upon the ideals and values which generated them. In democratic Athens the law was both a product of democracy and a force for safeguarding democratic practices. In recent years books have been written on Athenian law, and on Athenian society, but never a monograph fully investigating the links between the two in all important aspects of public and private life. This study investigates the mutual relationship between law and society in classical Athens and includes a detailed study of Athenian legislation, constitution, finance, society, daily life, gender relations, religion, and culture, and their impact upon modern cultural values.

eBooks, Roman Law and Greek Law
The development of Athenian law
Sources of Athenian law
Scholarship on Athenian law and society
Chapter 1. The administration of justice in the Polis
1.1 Sources
1.2 The division of powers in the Athenian Democracy
1.3 The question on the rule of law in the Athenian Democracy
1.4 Accountability of officials and individuals before the law
1.5 Protections of core human rights in Athenian Law
1.6 Open Government in the Athenian Democracy
1.7 Dispute resolution: processes and types of lawsuits
1.8 Blocking an improperly introduced lawsuit
1.9 The "amateurism" of Athenian Law?
1.10 Rules of Evidence and the Rule of Law
1.11 Executive officers of the Athenian State
Chapter 2. Citizens, Metics and Slaves in Athenian Law
2.1. Sources
2.2. Citizenship in the Greek Polis
2.3. Introduction into the Citizen Body
2.4. The rights, privileges and duties of Athenian citizen men
2.5. Metics
2.6. Slaves
2.7. Legal procedures for status disputes
Chapter 3. The Athenian oikos
3.1. Sources
3.2. The oikos and the polis
3.3. The oikos and its members
Chapter 4. The formation and purpose of marriage: wives and concubines
4.1. Sources
4.2. The ever-shifting definition of marriage
4.3. Lawful marriage: types and purpose
4.4. Alternative unions and concubines
4.5. Conclusions
Chapter 5. The continuation of the oikos: inheritance and succession
5.1. Sources
5.2. Succession by natural legitimate sons
5.3. Legitimate daughters and dowry
5.4. Epikleros
5.5. Illegitimate children
5.6. Wills and succession by adopted children
Chapter 6. The oikos in peril: Divorce, adultery, prostitution
6.1. Sources
6.2. Divorce
6.3. Adultery
6.4. Prostitution
Chapter 7. Criminal Justice: Violence and Property Crimes
7.1 Sources
7.2. Assault and slander: violence in Athenian Law and life
7.3. Hybris
7.4. Non-violent conflict resolution: arbitration
7.5. Sexual violence
7.6. Property crimes and disputes
Chapter 8. Religion, the state and the law
8.1. Sources
8.2. The intersection of religion and the law
8.3. State Religion, festivals and the law
8.4. Prosecutions on religious grounds
8.5. Homicide
Chapter 9. The safety net: Protecting those in need
9.1. Sources
9.2. Protecting legal minors and the elderly from abuse
9.3. Providing for Disabled Citizens
9.4. Caring for the elderly
9.5. Income support for the poor and the needy
9.6. The Athenian healthcare system: Medical care and the law
9.7. Conclusions
Epilogue: Athenian law as the voice of the Democracy