Writing Greek Law

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Cambridge University Press, 8 mei 2008
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The use of writing in the development of Greek law was unique. In this comparative study Professor Gagarin shows the reader how Greek law developed and explains why it became so different from the legal systems with which most legal historians are familiar. While other early communities wrote codes of law for academic or propaganda purposes, the Greeks used writing extensively to make their laws available to a relatively large segment of the community. On the other hand, the Greeks made little use of writing in litigation whereas other cultures used it extensively in this area, often putting written documents at the heart of the judicial process. Greek law thereby avoided becoming excessively technical and never saw the development of a specialised legal profession. This book will be of interest to those with an interest in the history of law, as well as ancient historians.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Law before Writing
13
Writing and Written Laws
39
Why the Greeks Wrote Laws
67
Why Draco Wrote his Homicide Law
93
Oral and Written in Archaic Greek Law
110
Writing Laws in FifthCentury Gortyn
122
Writing the Gortyn Code
145
Writing Law in Classical Athens
176
a Comparative Perspective
206
Writing Law in Hellenistic Greece
225
Writing Greek Law
242
Appendices
248
Bibliography
262
Index Locorum
277
Subject Index
280
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Pagina 19 - Concurrence of the litigants never occurs without concurrence of the entire community: no one is ready to make concessions while any portion of public opinion still supports him. It is the opinion of the community which forces concurrence. Judging, like all other activities of Tiv leaders, consists largely in the timely suggestion of what the majority thinks is right or desirable.

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