Law, Violence, and Community in Classical Athens (Key Themes in Ancient History)

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Law, Violence, and Community in Classical Athens (Key Themes in Ancient History)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 230 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521388375
  • DDC分類 340.115

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The theme of this book is the legal regulation of violence and the role of litigation in Athenian society. Using comparative anthropological and historical perspectives, David Cohen challenges traditional evolutionary and functionalist accounts of the development of legal process. Examining Athenian theories of social conflict and the rule of law, as well as actual litigation involving the regulation of violence, he emphasises the way in which the judicial process operates in an agonistic social field. This perspective illuminates the social dimensions of litigation and the legal regulation of violence, and helps to explain otherwise puzzling features of Athenian litigation.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Relam of the Theory: 1. Law and
order
2. Theorising Athenian society: the problem of
stability
3. Theorising Athenian society: the rule of law
Part II. The Realm of the Courts: 4. Rhetoric,
litigation, and the values of an agonistic
society
5. Litigation as feud
6. Violence and litigation
7. Hubris and the legal regulation of sexual
violence
8. Litigation and the family
Conclusion: litigation, democracy, and the
courts
Bibliography
Index.