Athenian constitutionalism: Nomothesia and the graphe nomon me epitedeion theinai

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Abstract

This article investigates whether Athenian nomothesia and graphe nomon me epitedeion theinai created a system of checks and balances on legislative activity akin to modern ‘constitutionalism. Although Athens did not have a separate written constitution, the Athenians discussed new legislation, engaging with the existing laws as a coherent whole, ‘as though there were a constitution’ – in doing so they used and enforced constitutional arguments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposion 2017
Subtitle of host publicationVortrage Zur Griechischen Und Hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte (Tel Aviv, 20.-23. August 2017)
EditorsGerhard Thür, Uri Yiftach-Firanko
PublisherAustrian Academy of Sciences Press
Pages65-98
ISBN (Electronic)9783700184683
ISBN (Print)9783700183808
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameAkten Der Gesellschaft Fur Griechische Und Hellenistische Rechtgeschichte
PublisherAustrian Academy of Sciences Press
Volume27

Keywords

  • Athenian nomothesia
  • constitutionalism
  • judicial review
  • Demosthenes
  • legislation

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