By Ilias Arnaoutoglou
During this finished and obtainable sourcebook, Ilias Arnaoutoglou offers a set of old Greek legislation, that are positioned of their felony and historic contexts and are elucidated with appropriate decisions from Greek literature and epigraphical tales. a large quarter of legislative task 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 loved ones - marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, sexual offences and private prestige* the market-place - exchange, finance, sale, coinage and rentals* the nation - structure, legislative approach, public tasks, colonies, construction actions, naval forces, penal laws, faith, politics and inter-state affairs.Dr Arnaoutoglou explores the importance of laws in historical Greece, the diversities and similarities among historical Greek laws and legislators and their sleek opposite numbers and likewise presents clean translations of the criminal files themselves.
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Roussel (1976) TRIBU ET CITÉ. ÉTUD ES SUR LES GRO UPES SO CIAUX D ANS LES CITÉS GRECQ UES AUX ÉPOQ UES ARCHAIQ UES ET CLASSIQ UE, Paris (Centre de Recherches d’Histoi re Ancienne 23). 35 have arranged everything according to the law within a month, otherwise each councillor shall owe fifty drachmas. Col. III: […] by the prosecutor and having exacted the money he will be entitled to keep it. And if anyone […] or prosecutes for anti-patriotism, the action and the trial will be brought before the then current magistrates.
The law does not define a penalty for the adulterer, who could have been killed with impunity, but determines the consequences that the adulteress shall suffer (divorce and exclusion from public cultic activity). And he who catches the adulterer, shall not be allowed to continue living with his wife; if he does, he shall be deprived of his civic rights. And the woman who committed adultery shall not be allowed to attend public sacrifices; if she does, she may suffer any penalty, except death, with impunity.
This law guarantees the right of freedmen to settle in a particular location and not to be seized and ransomed. Gods. The Gortynians have decreed: Freedmen shall have the right to establish themselves in Latosion 21 under the same conditions as other people and nobody is permitted to enslave or to seize them for ransoming later. If anyone enslaves a freedman, the archon responsible for the foreigners shall release the freedman; and if a freedman is seized for ransoming, each of those responsible shall pay a hundred staters to the TITAI* and shall pay double the amount of property they took.