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Author Lanni, Adriaan, 1972-

Title Law and justice in the courts of classical Athens / Adriaan Lanni
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
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Contents Introduction -- Athens and its legal system -- Relevance in the popular courts -- The homicide courts -- Legal insecurity in Athens -- Maritime cases -- Conclusions
Summary Adriaan Lanni draws on contemporary legal thinking to present a new model of the legal system of classical Athens. She analyzes the Athenians' preference in most cases for ad hoc, discretionary decision-making, as opposed to what moderns would call the rule of law. Lanni argues that the Athenians consciously employed different approaches to legal decision-making in different types of courts. The varied approaches to legal process stems from a deep tension in Athenian practice and thinking, between the demand for flexibility of legal interpretation consistent with the exercise of democratic power by ordinary Athenian jurors; and the demand for consistency and predictability in legal interpretation expected by litigants and necessary to permit citizens to conform their conduct to the law. Lanni presents classical Athens as a case study of a successful legal system that, by modern standards, had an extraordinarily individualized and discretionary approach to justice
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-199) and index
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Subject Justice, Administration of (Greek law)
Courts -- Greece -- Athens -- History
Judicial process -- Greece -- Athens -- History
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Judicial Branch.
LAW -- Legal Services.
LAW -- Civil Procedure.
Judicial process.
Justice, Administration of (Greek law)
Greece -- Athens.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511169205 (electronic bk.)
9780511169205 (electronic bk.)
9780511497865 (ebook)
0511497865 (ebook)
9780521857598 (hardback)
0521857597 (hardback)