02 October 2018

BOOK: Konstantinos A. KAPPARIS, Athenian Law and Society. (London: Routledge, 2018). ISBN 9781472449184, £125.00

(Source: Routledge)

Later this month, Routledge is publishing a book on Athenian law and society.


Athenian Law and Society focuses upon the intersection of law and society in classical Athens, in relation to topics like politics, class, ability, masculinity, femininity, gender studies, economics, citizenship, slavery, crime, and violence. The book explores the circumstances and broader context which led to the establishment of the laws of Athens, and how these laws influenced the lives and action of Athenian citizens, by examining a wide range of sources from classical and late antique history and literature. Kapparis also explores later literature on Athenian law from the Renaissance up to the 20th and 21st centuries, examining the long-lasting impact of the world’s first democracy.


Konstantinos A. Kapparis is UF Research Foundation Professor and Director of the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida, USA. He studied with D.M. MacDowell at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include the Attic Orators, Athenian Law, Greek and Roman Medical Authors, Women’s History and Gender Studies, and the Social History of the Graeco-Roman World. He has published a commentary on Apollodoros Against Neaira (and also an expanded Modern Greek commentary of the same speech), a monograph on Abortion in the Ancient World, a large volume on Prostitution in the Ancient Greek World, a co-authored volume entitled Legal Speeches of Democratic Athens, and he has co-edited a collection of the articles of D.M. MacDowell. He has also published a number of articles on topics such as prostitution, citizenship and immigration, gender studies, history of medicine and science, and textual criticism.


The development of Athenian law
Sources of Athenian law
Scholarship on Athenian law and society
Chapter 1. The administration of justice in the Polis
1.1 Sources
1.2 The division of powers in the Athenian Democracy
1.3 The question on the rule of law in the Athenian Democracy
1.4 Accountability of officials and individuals before the law
1.5 Protections of core human rights in Athenian Law
1.6 Open Government in the Athenian Democracy
1.7 Dispute resolution: processes and types of lawsuits
1.8 Blocking an improperly introduced lawsuit
1.9 The "amateurism" of Athenian Law?
1.10 Rules of Evidence and the Rule of Law
1.11 Executive officers of the Athenian State
Chapter 2. Citizens, Metics and Slaves in Athenian Law
2.1. Sources
2.2. Citizenship in the Greek Polis
2.3. Introduction into the Citizen Body
2.4. The rights, privileges and duties of Athenian citizen men
2.5. Metics
2.6. Slaves
2.7. Legal procedures for status disputes
Chapter 3. The Athenian oikos
3.1. Sources
3.2. The oikos and the polis
3.3. The oikos and its members
Chapter 4. The formation and purpose of marriage: wives and concubines
4.1. Sources
4.2. The ever-shifting definition of marriage
4.3. Lawful marriage: types and purpose
4.4. Alternative unions and concubines
4.5. Conclusions
Chapter 5. The continuation of the oikos: inheritance and succession
5.1. Sources
5.2. Succession by natural legitimate sons
5.3. Legitimate daughters and dowry
5.4. Epikleros
5.5. Illegitimate children
5.6. Wills and succession by adopted children
Chapter 6. The oikos in peril: Divorce, adultery, prostitution
6.1. Sources
6.2. Divorce
6.3. Adultery
6.4. Prostitution
Chapter 7. Criminal Justice: Violence and Property Crimes
7.1 Sources
7.2. Assault and slander: violence in Athenian Law and life
7.3. Hybris
7.4. Non-violent conflict resolution: arbitration
7.5. Sexual violence
7.6. Property crimes and disputes
Chapter 8. Religion, the state and the law
8.1. Sources
8.2. The intersection of religion and the law
8.3. State Religion, festivals and the law
8.4. Prosecutions on religious grounds
8.5. Homicide
Chapter 9. The safety net: Protecting those in need
9.1. Sources
9.2. Protecting legal minors and the elderly from abuse
9.3. Providing for Disabled Citizens
9.4. Caring for the elderly
9.5. Income support for the poor and the needy
9.6. The Athenian healthcare system: Medical care and the law
9.7. Conclusions
Epilogue: Athenian law as the voice of the Democracy

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