This course will explore ways in which democratic ancient Athens conceived of legal and social status, for both citizens and non. Here was the first experiment with radical democracy in the west. But who was included and excluded and on what terms and logic? How did Athenian law define and treat categories of person within the state's compass? Slaves, freedmen, and foreigners? Male, female, and minor citizens? Bastards, homosexuals, and sex-workers? How did law and social norms work together to shape behavior within different groups? and where did they clash?
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