Lysias1 - had committed adultery with his wife. The family...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 8/23/11 Lysias 1: A case of Adultery?
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8/23/11 Adultery in Athenian life Since many marriages were not based on attraction or emotional commitment, adultery must have been frequent. Adultery definition ( moicheia ): if someone had sex with someone’s wife, sister, mother, or daughter, but NOT: if a married man had sex with a prostitute, one of his slaves or another man.
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8/23/11 The Law If someone caught in the act was killed by the woman’s husband, father, son or brother, the killer was not punished. Alternatively, the adulterer could be humiliated and abused without the possibility of redress. Financial compensation could be agreed as a civilized alternative
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8/23/11 Euphiletos Euphiletos killed Eratosthenes alleging that the latter
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Unformatted text preview: had committed adultery with his wife. The family of Eratosthenes disputes the facts and argues that Euphiletos killed him outside the house accompanied by a gang of his friends and then brought the body inside and made up the charges of adultery. The case is tried at the Delphinion court before 51 8/23/11 Questions which the case The ethopoieia: how are the characters potrayed? What was the role of Sostratos? Why does Euphiletos need witnesses? Do you consider those witnesses reliable? How could Euphiletos escape unnoticed? How risky was for the wife to have the lover in while the husband was sleeping in the other room?...
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