The Shape of Athenian Law

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byS. C. Todd

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Unlike its predecessors, this systematic survey of the law of Athens is based on explicit discussion of how the subject might be studied; and it incorporates topics like the democratic political system and social structure, which are too often regarded as being outside the scope of law. Atits heart lies an attempt to reshape our understanding of how the Athenian legal system operated; but it also deals extensively with subjects such as slavery, inheritance, maritime trade, and patterns of land-holding. The author draws primarily on the hundred or so surviving law-court speeches ofthe Attic orators, but also uses Athenian comedy, public inscriptions, and various historical and philosophical texts. Technical and legal terms, ancient and modern, are explained in a comprehensive glossary. This book should be accessible to those interested in social history and the anthropologyof law, as well as to historians of the ancient world.

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Unlike its predecessors, this systematic survey of the law of Athens is based on explicit discussion of how the subject might be studied; and it incorporates topics like the democratic political system and social structure, which are too often regarded as being outside the scope of law. Atits heart lies an attempt to reshape our under...

S. C. Todd is at University of Keele.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:446 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198150237

ISBN - 13:9780198150237

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`It is a pleasure ... to welcome a new book-length study ... this is a wide ranging book. T.'s knowledge of modern scholarship on Athenian law is comprehensive. He combines a sound grasp of the landscape of the subject with a detailed knowledge of issues, arguments and evidence. He brings tothe study of Greek law a good working knowledge of Roman law and a knowledge of a range of modern scholarship on common law and civil law systems, all of which he uses effectively for orientation. This learning however is worn very lightly. The volume is eminently readable, which given the subjectis no small feat. The stye is lucid and not infrequently witty. This is a valuable book, which will be of use to a varied audience ... the volume admirably complements its two predecessors and is warmly to be welcomed.'Christopher Carey, Royal Holloway, University of London, Vol. XLVI, No. 1, '96