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David Cohen’s study of law in ancient Greece Shreya Sidhu1.As the world progresses laws become more evolved to match societies growth of violence. Manylaw practises that we use and see in todays society had been completely absent in the time of the ancient Athens. Homicidal violence is known to be a chain reaction which portrays blood feud and is very evident in the world today, but wasn’t a problem for citizens of classical Athens. The lawsuit and case that Demosthenes had created against Meidias, would’ve been seen as a scandalous act in todays society but at that time it was entirely natural. This shows how this chain of conflict was something that ancient Athenians had seen a lot of. Proving that being this scandalous in todays court could get one into a lot of trouble but back then it wasn’t against any law. 2.In the time of the ancient Athenians, the competition for honour would bring up great rivalry’s. During this period when men detect social life as a competitive battle in which the gain of honour comes to one’s expense, arguments are usually played as instruments in gaining support from courts in ones own rivals. As honour is at stake in these rivals, the fear of shame and

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