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The Rule of Law in Action in Democratic Athens

Edward M. Harris


This book aims to show how the Athenians attempted to put the ideal of the rule of law into action and to understand the nature of litigation in its democratic context. Recent books about the Athenian courts have focused mainly on Athenian social values, but they have paid less attention to the political ideal of the rule of law and to the procedures the Athenians followed to implement this ideal. This study moves beyond the study of rhetoric and ideology to examine how the law worked in action, both in the community as a whole and in the courts. One of the key themes is the importance of payi ... More

Keywords: Athenians, rule of law, litigation, democracy, legal procedures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199899166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward M. Harris, author
Durham University

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