This course is an introduction to ancient Athenian law. We shall read court speeches from trials that were held more than 2000 years ago. Topics will range from homicide to commerce and banking, from citizenship to assault, from slavery to inheritance, from religion to sexuality, from political amnesty to judicial torture. We shall explore, through in-class discussion, the theory and practice of Athenian law, aspects of social, economic, political, and cultural history as visible from the surviving court speeches, the relationship between Athenian law and Athenian democracy. In all of this we shall also look for points of similarity or difference between ancient Athenians' experience and our own.
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