Law and Social Status in Classical Athens

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

EditorVirginia Hunter, Jonathan Edmondson

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The subject of this collection is the articulation of law and social status in classical Athens. Its chapters, written by leading scholars from Canada, Britain, and the United States, cover a wide range of topics, among them the Athenian rationale for torture, different methods of execution,the contract and the legal context of prostitution, and metics in court. This book is unique in concentrating on the way in which the law of Athens constructed and sustained social status by enshrining privileges for the citizens and disabilities for metics and slaves. As a whole, the collectionreinforces the reality of three juridically defined status groups whose social and economic roles and whose personal lives were deeply affected by their place in the prevailing hierarchy.

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The subject of this collection is the articulation of law and social status in classical Athens. Its chapters, written by leading scholars from Canada, Britain, and the United States, cover a wide range of topics, among them the Athenian rationale for torture, different methods of execution,the contract and the legal context of prostit...

Virginia Hunter is at York University, Toronto. Jonathan Edmondson is at York University, Toronto.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240116

ISBN - 13:9780199240111

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Table of Contents

Jonathan Edmondson: PrefaceVirginia Hunter: Introduction: Status Distinctions in Athenian LawStephen Todd: How to Execute People in Fourth-Century AthensDavid Mirhady: The Athenian Rationale for TortureRobin Osborne: Religion, Empire, and Freedom for SlavesCynthia Patterson: The Hospitality of Athenian Justice: The Metic in CourtEdward E. Cohen: 'Whoring Under Contract': The Legal Context of Prostitution in Fourth-Century AthensBruce Robertson: The Scrutiny of New Citizens at CourtMark Golden: Epilogue

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`Interesting material.'Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.10.03