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By Zinon Papakonstantinou

ISBN-10: 0715637290

ISBN-13: 9780715637296

"Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece" re-evaluates important facets of the genesis and alertness of legislation within the groups of archaic Greece, together with the constitution and serve as of legislative our bodies, the composition of the courts, the management of justice and the use and abuse of criminal norms and systems through litigants within the courts and daily settings. Combining a close research of epigraphical and literary proof and the applying of a version of interpretation borrowed from cultural analyses of legislations, this ebook argues that faraway from being monolithic creations of archaic polities that unilaterally proficient social existence, archaic felony structures might be extra effectively seen as ideologically polyvalent and socially complex.It contains felony norms and the management of justice articulated institutions with divine and secular authority but additionally integrated, in general of their reception and alertness through typical electorate, discourses of software and resistance that actively contributed within the composition of social relations.

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53 In a perfect world, true justice is realized through the intervention of benevolent rulers (basile√j) who are responsible for adjudication in a manner similar to the trial on the shield of Achilles. Evenhandedness and the ability to mete out justice effectively and communicate verdicts that are fair and acceptable to the litigants are also presented as divine gifts (Th. y£ ke ka< m2ga ne√koj 1pistam2nwj kat2pausen: toÜneka g>r basilÁej 1c2fronej, oÛneka lao√j blaptom2noij ¢gorÁfi met£tropa 4rga teleàsi "hid8wj, malako√si paraif£menoi 1p2esin.

24 II. g. g. the position and role of the oikos and of the various members therein), including perceptions of law and justice, are presented in the epics as almost universally espoused. 17 Moreover, as we have already pointed out, the epics also contain a strong elitist ideological subtext which suggests that perceptions of justice, at least in the manner expressed by Homer, largely reflect an upper-class perspective. g. dispute resolution procedures, see above) are fairly realistic, albeit stylised, representations of social realities, the moral and legal ideals that the epics endorse were to a large extent the ideals that the elites of the communities across the Homeric world (irrespective of the date one attaches to it) were particularly keen on promoting, with dissonant voices only marginally depicted.

It suggests that, in addition to the input of the litigants and common spectators in the courts, law was contestable, contrary to the Homeric aristocratic ideal, on the perceptual level as well. Archaic Greeks could not merely attempt to influence the interpretation of the law by shouting in the courts, but occasionally they explicitly stood up against it. In a sense, the history of law in archaic Greece is the history of its separation from the firm grip of the aristocracy and its perceptual transformation from absolute truth to social convention.

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