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Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece by Zinon Papakonstantinou
  

Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece

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Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece by Zinon Papakonstantinou

Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece re-evaluates central aspects of the genesis and application of laws in the communities of archaic Greece, including the structure and function of legislative bodies, the composition of the courts, the administration of justice and the use and abuse of legal norms and procedures by litigants in the courts and everyday settings. Combining a detailed analysis of epigraphical and literary evidence and the application of a model of interpretation borrowed from cultural analyses of law, this book argues that far from being monolithic creations of archaic polities that unilaterally informed social life, archaic legal systems can be more appropriately viewed as ideologically polyvalent and socially complex.It includes legal norms and the administration of justice articulated associations with divine and secular authority but also incorporated, mainly in their reception and application by average citizens, discourses of utility and resistance that actively contributed in the composition of social relations.

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'This study is readable and concise and deploys literary and often very arcane epigraphical material clearly - ' - Greece and Rome.'


About the Author

Zinon Papakonstantinou is Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Athens. He has published extensively in the fields of Ancient Greek law, sport and leisure.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th April 2008

Author

Zinon Papakonstantinou

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Publisher

Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Legal history

ISBN

9780715637296

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