Writing Greek Law
By (author) Michael Gagarin
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Writing Greek Law by Michael Gagarin
Book DescriptionThe use of writing in the development of Greek law was unique. In this comparative study Professor Gagarin shows the reader how Greek law developed and explains why it became so different from the legal systems with which most legal historians are familiar. While other early communities wrote codes of law for academic or propaganda purposes, the Greeks used writing extensively to make their laws available to a relatively large segment of the community. On the other hand, the Greeks made little use of writing in litigation whereas other cultures used it extensively in this area, often putting written documents at the heart of the judicial process. Greek law thereby avoided becoming excessively technical and never saw the development of a specialised legal profession. This book will be of interest to those with an interest in the history of law, as well as ancient historians.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521886611
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law, Paperback (September 2005)» View all books by Michael Gagarin
This Companion volume provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of Greek law.
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Author Biography - Michael Gagarin
Michael Gagarin is James R. Dougherty, Jr Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, and has published widely on Greek law. Previous publications include Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists (2002) and The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law (co-edited with David Cohen, Cambridge, 2005).
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