Early Greek Law

Early Greek Law

By (author) Michael Gagarin


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Drawing on the evidence of anthropology as well as ancient literature and inscriptions, Gagarin examines the emergence of law in Greece from the 8th through the 6th centuries B.C., that is, from the oral culture of Homer and Hesiod to the written enactment of codes of law in most major cities.

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 14mm | 240.4g
  • 01 May 1989
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0520066022
  • 9780520066021
  • 1,373,179

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Michael Gagarin is Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Aeschylean Drama (1976) and Drakon and Early Athenian Homicide Law (1981).

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"An excellent study of the evidence for Greek law from pre-literate to literate times. . . . The discussion of general themes and principles is supported by careful analysis of the wording of the earliest inscribed laws and references to law in literature."--Z.P. Ambrose, "Choice

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