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HUMA 1825 Study Questions 1 David Cohen’s study of law in ancient Greece 1825 Law and Morality in Literature & Culture York University
HUMA 1825 Study Questions 1 David Cohen’s Study of Law in Ancient Greece 1. Identify the features of the institution of law that we take for granted today which were absent in ancient Athens. See pages 85, 87, 90, 105-112. The features of the institution of law that we take for granted today which were absent in ancient Athens were as follows: The right to a just and random jury selection which was absent in ancient Athens as litigants were able to use their wealth to essentially purchase jurors who were known enemies of their opposing parties. The right to legal representation was missing within that era as citizens were expected to know the laws and represent themselves in judicial proceedings. The right to be tried within a reasonable time, as outlined within the reading trials were usually very short. Parties involved were not given ample time to either present or argue their case. Something that was missing that we now take for granted within our legal system is also the process in which witnesses are cross-examined and expert testimonies are given in order to examine the validity of one's testimony as opposed to a witness being paid by the highest bidder to bear false witness or if they were enacting vengeance on an enemy. Formal training or education wasn’t required to be a part of the assembly (Cohen, 1995), as it currently is now as no one can just simply apply to be a judge or lawyer within haven gone through the process (schooling, internships and or training).

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