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The Rule of legislations in motion in Democratic Athens examines how the Athenians tried to implement and follow the legislation while judging disputes in courtroom. fresh scholarship has paid substantial consciousness to the perform and execution of Greek legislation. even if, a lot of this paintings has left a number of incorrect assumptions unchallenged, akin to that Athenian legislation was once essentially keen on method; that the most activity of enforcement lay within the arms of personal electorate; that the Athenians used the courts to not uphold the legislation yet to pursue own feuds; and that the Athenian courts rendered ad hoc judgments and paid little cognizance to the letter of the legislations. Drawing on glossy criminal thought, the writer examines the character of "open texture" in Athenian legislation and divulges that the Athenians have been even more subtle of their method of legislation than many smooth students have assumed, and therefore breaks enormous new floor within the box. while, the booklet reviews the weaknesses of the Athenian criminal procedure and the way they contributed to Athens' defeat within the Peloponnesian warfare. by means of reexamining the on hand proof, Edward Harris presents a far wanted corrective to long-held perspectives and locations the Athenian management of justice in its large political and social context.

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