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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2006

GK 390 • Greek Law

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31310 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
WAG 10

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce students to all aspects of Greek law, including law outside Athens. The study of Greek law used to be dominated by scholars from continental Europe who were trained in and had teaching positions in Roman law. In recent decades, their influence has diminished, but there has been a very large increase in work by British and American scholars, most of whom do not have formal legal training. As an area for teaching and research, Greek law is growing rapidly, and all sorts of new avenues for research are opening up, including connections between law and politics, economy, religion, family, etc. We'll look at all these areas and more. We are especially fortunate to have Lene Rubinstein from London to work here for the month of April. She will be working on Hellenistic law and will give presentations to our class for several sessions in April. In order to accommodate her, we will spend the first ten weeks of the semester on Athenian law. After that, we will examine early Greek law (mostly from inscriptions), law in Crete including the Gortyn Law Code, and Hellenistic law. The reading will include Athenian court speeches, some in Greek and some in English, a few inscriptions, and secondary reading, especially from the recently published Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law. Stephen Todds book on Athenian law will also be assigned. Each student will choose a topic early in the semester for an in-depth research paper. At some point in the semester he/she will report on the project in class. Reading: Demosthenes, Selected Private Speeches, ed. C. Carey and R. A. Reid. Demosthenes, On the Crown, ed. Harvey Yunis (optional) Lysias, Five Speeches, ed. M. J. Edwards. Stephen Todd, The Shape of Athenian Law. Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law, ed. M. Gagarin and David Cohen.


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