3.8 - 3.8. LAW & SOCIETY IN ANCIENT GREECE Early Greek Law...

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Early Greek Law earliest times to early Archaic period: unwritten law examples from epic poetry: imaginary community on the Shield of Achilles in the Illiad codification of laws in the Archaic Period motivation: distribution of power among ruling classes literacy: provides information technology (alphabet) focus of early codes: tend to focus on rules of elites nature of statutes: focus on prohibition rather than regulation Crete: early tradition of codifying laws Inscription on temple of Apollo Limits on chief magistrates ( kosmoi ) Earliest recorded use of polis in “political” sense Dreros (ca. 650 BCE) [Dillon 1.45] religious dimension rules for magistrates ( kosmoi ) Gortyn (ca. 500) [Dillon 4.49] revision of earlier code religious dimension: also inscribed on temple of Apollo family law (divorce, inheritance), criminal (rape), property (slaves)
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Early Athenian Law documentation early Archaic period archons Areopagus code of Drakon (Draco) (7th century) [Dillon 8.1-4] hoplite class law on killing strictness laws of Solon (early 6th century) [Dillon 8.23] laws attitude to Drakon’s homicide laws
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