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The Athenian Amnesty and Reconstructing the Law

Edwin Carawan


The civil war at Athens came to a precarious conclusion in 403 bc with an agreement brokered by the Spartans. Thereafter the Athenians rebuilt their democracy and lived at peace with themselves for generations. This Athenian Amnesty is generally regarded as the model of political forgiveness or ‘pardon and oblivion’ embraced in later conflict resolution. This book presents a new interpretation of the Athenian Amnesty in its original setting and in view of the subsequent reconstruction of laws and democratic institutions. The book draws upon ancient historians and speechwriters together with th ... More

Keywords: amnesty, Ancient Athens, case history, civil war, contract, democracy, forgiveness, reconciliation, trial of Socrates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edwin Carawan, author
Professor of Classics, Missouri State University