Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens: Essays on by Edward M. Harris

By Edward M. Harris

This quantity brings jointly essays on Athenian legislation through Edward M. Harris, who demanding situations a lot of the hot scholarship in this subject. offering a balanced research of the criminal procedure in historic Athens, Harris stresses the significance of important matters and their contribution to our realizing of alternative sorts of criminal methods. He combines cautious philological research with shut awareness to the political and social contexts of person statutes. jointly, the essays during this quantity show the connection among legislation and politics, the character of the economic climate, the location of girls, and the function of the criminal procedure in Athenian society. in addition they convey that the Athenians have been extra refined of their method of felony concerns than has been assumed within the glossy scholarship in this subject.

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Dem. 5; Aeschin. 169, 196. 41 21:34 P1: KNP 052185279Xpt01c01a3 CB1019B/Harris 0 521 85279 X February 9, 2006 42 law and constitutional history evil. The Athenians believe men ought to define what is just by the law, persuade by reason, be ruled by the law, and be taught by reason. We have no idea what relationship these speeches bear to the speeches actually delivered. But we know that Hyperides delivered the Funeral Oration (Epitaphios 25) for the soldiers who fell with Leosthenes at Lamia in 322.

1 where he recalls the differences between Athens and Sparta in regard to preparation for war. The Athenians keep their city open to foreigners and rely on their inborn courage; the Spartans drive out foreigners and trust to secrecy. The Spartans subject themselves to a toilsome regimen of training; the Athenians have a less rigorous form of training but are no less courageous in battle. Thus, an interpretation that sees in Pericles’ words a contrast between Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy fits the context far better than one that tries to find in Pericles’ words an effort to portray Athens as less than fully democratic.

Pol. 50–4), moving on to the archons (Ath. Pol. 55–9), then listing the duties of other officials (Ath. Pol. 60–2). The account concludes with a discussion of the courts (Ath. Pol. 8 We can now turn to Th. 1. In his encomium for Athenian democracy Pericles is obviously citing the virtues of each of the three parts of the Athenian politeia. ] Ath. Pol. 43–69, see Hansen (1974) 10–12. 21:10 P1: KNP 052185279Xpt01c01a2 CB1019B/Harris 0 521 85279 X February 9, 2006 pericles’ praise of athenian democracy 33 called a democracy because the management of affairs is not in the hands of a few but in the hands of the majority” (kaª Ànoma m•n di‡ t¼ mŸ –v ½l©gouv ˆllì –v ple©onav o«ke±n dhmokrat©a k”klhtai).

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