Making and changing laws in ancient Athens

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Abstract

This chapter explores the development of ideas about legislation and legislative procedures in ancient Athens. It isolates an ideology of legislation that mistrusted legal change, and that came into conflict with democratic ideas and practices. It then discusses the creation of nomothesia procedures at the end of the fifth century BCE that reconciled the need for legal change with that for consistent and stable laws, and follows the workings of these procedures throughout the fourth century BCE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Law
EditorsMirko Canevaro, Edward Harris
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9780199599257
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

Keywords

  • legal change
  • nomothesia
  • graphe paranomon
  • oligarchic revolutions
  • Athenian democracy
  • Solon

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