By Ilias Arnaoutoglou
During this accomplished and available sourcebook, Ilias Arnaoutoglou provides a suite of historic Greek legislation, that are located of their felony and historic contexts and are elucidated with suitable choices from Greek literature and epigraphical stories. a large region of legislative job in significant and minor Greek city-states, starting from Delphoi and Athens in mainland Greece, to Gortyn in Crete, Olbia in South Russia and Aegean towns together with Ephesos, Samos and Thasos, is roofed. Ilias Arnaoutoglou divides laws into 3 major areas:* the family - marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, sexual offences and private prestige* the market-place - exchange, finance, sale, coinage and rentals* the country - structure, legislative technique, public tasks, colonies, construction actions, naval forces, penal laws, faith, politics and inter-state affairs.Dr Arnaoutoglou explores the importance of laws in old Greece, the diversities and similarities among old Greek laws and legislators and their sleek opposite numbers and likewise offers clean translations of the felony files themselves.
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CLO UD S 1083–4; allegation of adultery, Hyp. i; other cities, X. HIERO iii 3–4; a different account of procedure at Gortyn, Ael. ] lix 87 (above, no. Italy), Ael. VH xiii 24; Lepreon (Peloponnese), Aristot. frg. 42 (Rose); Tenedos, Aristot. frg. 24 (Rose). Cantarella (1990) ‘Moicheia. Paoli (1955) ‘La legislazione sull’adulterio nel diritto di Gortine’, STUDI IN O NORE D I G. FUNAIO LI, 306–16 (= ALTRI STUD I DI DIRITTO GRECO E ROM ANO, 509–18, 1976). 21 GORTYN (CRETE), RAPE AND SEDUCTION IC iv 72 col.
17 GORTYN (CRETE), APPROPRIATION OF MARITAL PROPERTY IC iv 72 col. III 1–16 c. 480–460 BC It is not unusual in divorce cases that allegations of appropriation of property belonging to the other spouse surface. The Gortynian regulation, unique, so far, among the legislations of Greek POLEIS, provides that sworn oath on this would be enough proof that the wife has not taken anything from her husband’s property. And if the wife keeps anything else belonging to her husband, she shall pay five staters and whatever she took away; and she shall restore anything she kept.
44 ATHENS, LAW ON LOANS FOR CARGOES OF GRAIN Demosthenes xxxv (Against Lakritos) 51 mid 4th century BC The law appears in a lawsuit of commercial character; the plaintiff lent money for carrying wine to the Black Sea and on the return journey bringing wheat to Athens. According to the law it was illegal to contract a loan on a ship which would not bring wheat on the return journey to Athens. The law is cited as a proof of the severity of the consequences the plaintiff would have suffered had he violated the law.
Ancient Greek Laws: A Sourcebook by Ilias Arnaoutoglou