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Michael Gagarin

Professor Emeritus

James R. Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus
Michael Gagarin



FieldsGreek Law, Literature, and Philosophy






Greek Law, Literature, and Philosophy

GK 180K • Rsch Meths In Classical Stds

32875 • Fall 2009
Meets T 1100-1200 CBA 4.346
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This course is meant to provide new graduate students with an introduction to materials and methods of classical scholarship.  The instructor and other members of the department will present introductory lectures and bibliographies on the various disciplines involved in contemporary classical studies.  

Students will be required to attend lectures and colloquia, given by visitors and members of our department.

All students should register for this course on a credit/no credit basis.

GK 385 • Attic Oratory

32245 • Spring 2009
Meets M 200pm-500pm WAG 10
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GK 385 Graduate Reading Course:

Topics given in recent years include Plato and Greek prose, Sophocles, and Sophists.


Books (sole author):

Writing Greek Law (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Greek translation, Athens (Kardamitsa) 2011.

Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists (University of Texas Press, 2002). Won the Texas Institute of Letters' Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award for the Book Making the Most Significant Contribution to Knowledge in 2002.

Antiphon, the speeches (edition and commentary). Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (Cambridge 1997).

The Murder of Herodes: A Study of Antiphon 5. (Studien zur klassischen Philologie 45, Frankfurt 1989).

Early Greek Law (University of California Press 1986; paperback edition 1989).

Drakon and Early Athenian Homicide Law (Yale University Press 1981).

Aeschylean Drama (University of California Press 1976).



Eikos Arguments in Athenian Forensic Oratory.” Forthcoming in Eikos: Probabilities, Hypotheticals, and Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek Thought, ed. Victoria Wohl. Cambridge.

“Ancient Greek Laws on Sacrifice.” Forthcoming in the proceedings of a conference on Sacrifice.

“Law and Rhetoric in Ancient Greece.” Forthcoming in the The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies

“Vengeance, Pollution, and Homicide in Plato and Antiphon.” Forthcoming in the papers of the Conference on Vengeance (Classical Press of Wales).

“Law and Religion in Early Greece.” Forthcoming in a collection of papers on Law and Religion in the Ancient World.

“Laws and Legislation in Ancient Greece.” A Companion to Ancient Greek Government, ed. Hans Beck (Malden MA 2013) 221-234.

Anna Missiou on Oratory, Literacy, and Democracy.” Ariadne 18 (2012) 39-49.

Observations on the Great Rhetra: A Response to Françoise Ruzé.” In Symposion 2011. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 23, ed. Bernard Legras and Gerhard Thür (Vienna 2012), 17-20.

Law, Politics and the Question of Relevance in the Case On the Crown.” Classical Antiquity 31 (2012) 293-314.

Women and the Law in Gortyn.” Index 40 (2012) 57-67 (Studies for Eva Cantarella).

“The Laws of Crete.” In Transferts culturels et droits dans le monde grec et hellénistque, ed. Bernard Legras, 17-29. Paris 2012.

“Writing Sacred Laws in Archaic and Classical Crete.” In Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and Religion, ed. A. P. M. H. Lardinois, J. H. Blok, and M. G. M. van der Poel (Leiden 2011), 101-11.

Legal Procedure at Gortyn,” Symposion 2009. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 21, ed. Gerhard Thür (Vienna 2010) 127-45.

Slaves and Serfs at Gortyn,” Zeitschrift der Savigny Stiftung 127 (2010) 14-31.

Women and Property at Gortyn,” Dike 11 (2008) 5-25.

Writing in Athenian Law: Response to M. Faraguna.” Symposion 2007. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 20 (Vienna 2008) 83-86.

Protagoras et l’Art de la Parole.” Philosophie antique 8 (2008) 23-32.

(with Paul Woodruff) “The Sophists,” for The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy, ed. Patricia Curd and Daniel W. Graham (Oxford 2008), 365-82.

Nomos and Physis in Antiphon,” in Physis and Nomos: Power, Justice and the Agonistical Ideal of Life in High Classicism, ed. Apostolos L. Pierris (Patras 2007) 355-80.

Rational Argument in Early Athenian Oratory,” in Logos: Rational Argument in Classical Rhetoric, ed. Jonathan Powell (BICS Suppl. 96, London 2007) 9-18.

From Oral Law to Written Laws: Draco's Law and its Homeric Roots,” Symposion 2005. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 19 (Vienna 2007) 3-17.

Litigants’ Oaths in Athenian Law,” in Horkos: The Oath in Greek Society, ed. Alan H. Sommerstein and Judith Fletcher (Exeter 2007) 39-47, 227-28.

(with Paul Woodruff) “Early Greek Legal Thought,” in A History of the Philosophy of Law from the Ancient Greeks to the Scholastics, ed. Fred D. Miller, Jr. (Dordrecht 2007) 7-34.

Background and Origins: Oratory and Rhetoric before the Sophists,” in A Companion to Greek Rhetoric, ed. Ian Worthington (Oxford 2007) 27-36.

The Unwritten Monument: Speaking and Writing Pericles’ Funeral Oration,” in III International Symposium on Thucydides, ed. Marios Scortsis (Athens 2006) 176-87 (with summary in Greek).

Inscribing Laws in Greece and the Near East,” Symposion 2003. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 17 (Vienna 2006) 9-20.

Legal Procedure in Solon’s Laws,” in Solon of Athens: New Historical and Philological Approaches, ed. Josine H. Blok & André P. Lardinois (Leiden 2006) 261-75.

La violence dans les plaidoyers attiques,” in La violence dans les mondes grec et romain, ed. Jean-Marie Bertrand (Paris 2005) 365-76.

Justice, Games, and the Brabeus: A Response to Vélissaropoulos-Karakostas,” Symposion 2001. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 16 (Vienna 2005) 317-19.

“Early Greek Law” in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law, ed. Michael Gagarin and David Cohen (Cambridge 2005) 82-94.

“The Unity of Greek Law,” in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Law, ed. Michael Gagarin and David Cohen (Cambridge 2005) 29-40.

La loi de Dracon sur l’homicide : pourquoi était-elle écrite?” in Le législateur et la loi dans l’Antiquité: Hommage à Françoise Ruzé (Actes du colloque de Caen, 15-17 mai 2003), ed. Pierre Sineux (Caen 2005) 119-26.

Writing Athenian Law,” in Law, Rhetoric, and Comedy in Classical Athens: Essays in Honour of Douglas M. MacDowell, edited by D. L. Cairns and R. A. Knox (London 2004) 15-31.

The Rule of Law in Gortyn,” in The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece, ed. Edward M. Harris and Lene Rubinstein (London 2004) 173-83.

Telling Stories in Athenian Law,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 133 (2003) 197-207.

“Who Were the Kakourgoi? Career Criminals and the History of Apagoge in Athens,” Symposion 1999. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 14 (Cologne 2003) 183-91.

Socrates and Antiphon: Intellectuals on Trial in Classical Athens," in Mélanges en l’honneur Panayotis Dimakis: Droits antiques et société (Athens 2002) 397-404.

“Athenian Homicide Law: Case Studies,”  lecture for the Center for Hellenic Studies Web Series on “Athenian Law in its Democratic Context” (web publication). URL:

Letters of the Law: Written Texts in Archaic Greek Law,” in Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece, ed. Harvey Yunis (Cambridge 2003) 59-77.

Protagoras’ New Fragment: Thirty Years Later,” in Noctes Atticae: Studies Presented to Jørgen Mejer on his Sixtieth Birthday March 19,2002 (Copenhagen 2002) 114-20

Greek Law and the Presocratics,” in Presocratic Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Alexander Mourelatos, ed. by Victor Caston and Daniel W. Graham (Burlington VT 2002) 19-24.

Logos as Ergon in Isocrates,” in Papers in Rhetoric IV, ed. by Lucia Calboli Montefusco (Rome 2002) 111-19.

Écriture et oralité en droit grec,” Revue historique de droit français et étranger 79 (2001) 447-62.

The Gortyn Code and Greek Legal Procedure,” Symposion 1997. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 13 (Cologne 2001) 41-52.

Did the Sophists Aim to Persuade?Rhetorica 19 (2001) 275-91.

The Truth of Antiphon’s Truth,” in Anthony Preus, ed. Before Plato (Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy VI, Albany 2001), 171-85.

Women’s Voices in Attic Oratory,” in André Lardinois and Laura McClure eds. Making Silence Speak: Women’s Voices in Greek Literature and Society (Princeton 2001) 161-76.

The Legislation of Demetrius of Phaleron and the Transformation of Athenian Law,” in William W. Fortenbaugh and Eckart Schütrumpf, edd. Demetrius of Phalerum: Text, Translation and Discussion. Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, vol. 9 (New Brunswick, NJ 2000) 347-65.

The Basileus in Athenian Homicide Law,” in Pernille Flensted-Jensen, Thomas Heine Nielsen, and Lene Rubinstein, edd. Polis & Politics: Studies in Ancient Greek History Presented to Mogens Hansen on His Sixtieth Birthday, August 20, 2000 (Copenhagen 2000) 569-79.

Le Code de Platon et le droit grecque,” in Edmond Lévy, ed. La codification des lois dans l’antiquité (Actes du Colloque de Strasbourg, 27-29 novembre 1997, Strasbourg 2000) 215-27.

Rhétorique et anti-rhétorique à Gortyne,” in Catherine Dobias-Lalou, ed. Des dialectes grecs aux lois de Gortyne (Nancy 1999) 65-74.

The Orality of Greek Oratory,” in E. Anne Mackay, ed. Signs of Orality: the Oral Tradition and its Influence in the Greek and Roman World (Mnemosyne Suppl. 188, Leiden 1999) 163-80.

Women in Athenian Courts,” Dike 1 (1998) 39-51.

Oaths and Oath-Challenges in Greek Law,” Symposion 1995. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 11 (Cologne 1997) 125-34.

On the Not-Being of Gorgias’ On Not-Being (ONB),” Philosophy and Rhetoric 30 (1997) 38-40.

“Gertrude Elizabeth Smith (1894-1985),” Classical World 90 (1996-97) 167-77.

La torture des esclaves dans le droit athénien,” Le IVe siècle av. J.-C.: Approches historiographiques (Nancy 1996) 273-79.

The Torture of Slaves in Athenian Law,” Classical Philology 91 (1996) 1-18.

The First Law of the Gortyn Code Revisited,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 36 (1995) 7-15.

“The Economic Status of Women at Gortyn: Retroactivity and Change,” Symposion 1993. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 9 (Cologne 1994) 61-71.

Probability and persuasion: Plato and early Greek rhetoric” in Ian Worthington, ed. Persuasion. Greek Rhetoric in Action (London 1994) 46-68. Translated into modern Greek in Peitho: Ten Essays on Modern Rhetoric, edited by D. G. Spatharas and L. Tzallila (Athens 2003) 31-62.

“Gertrude Elizabeth Smith (1894-1985),” Classical Outlook 71 (1993-94) 53-54.

(with Lucy Shoe Meritt) “Supplementary Bibliography of Benjamin D. Meritt,” Hesperia 61 (1992) 291-92.

“The Poetry of Justice: Hesiod and the Origins of Greek Law,” Ramus 21 (1992) 61-78.

Response to van Effenterre on Criminal Law in Archaic Crete,” Symposion 1990. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 8 (Cologne 1992) 87-91.

“'Flow Backwards, Sacred Rivers': Tradition and Change in the Classics,” CAMWS Presidential Address, Classical Journal. 87 (1992) 361-71.

The Ancient Tradition on the Identity of Antiphon,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 31 (1990) 27-44.

“The Ambiguity of Eris in the Works and Days,” Cabinet of the Muses:: Essays on Classical and Comparative Literature in Honor of Thomas G. Rosenmeyer. Ed. Mark Griffith and Donald Mastronarde (Scholars Press 1990) 173-183.

Bouleusis in Athenian Homicide Law,” Symposion 1988. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 7 (Cologne 1990) 81-99.

The Nature of Proofs in Antiphon,” Classical Philology 85 (1990) 22-32. Reprinted (with bibliographical update) in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: The Attic Orators, ed. Edwin Carawan (Oxford 2007), 214-28.

The Function of Witnesses at Gortyn,” Symposion 1985. Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistische Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 6 (Cologne 1990) 29-54.

“The First Law of the Gortyn Code,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 29 (1988) 335-43.

“Morality in Homer,” Classical Philology 82 (1987) 285-306 (with responses by Arthur Adkins and Hugh Lloyd-Jones).

“The Testimony of Witnesses in the Gortyn Laws,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 25 (1984) 345-49.

“Antilochus' Strategy: The Chariot Race in Iliad 23,” Classical Philology 78 (1983) 35-39.

“The Organization of the Gortyn Law Code,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 23 (1982) 129-46.

The Thesmothetai and the Earliest Athenian Tyranny Law,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 111 (1981) 71-77.

“The Prosecution of Homicide in Athens,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 20 (1979) 301-23.

“The Athenian Law against Hybris, in Arktouros: Hellenic Studies presented to Bernard M. W. Knox (Berlin 1979) 229-36.

“The Prohibition of Just and Unjust Homicide in Antiphon's Tetralogies,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 19 (1978) 269-301.

Self-defense in Athenian Homicide Law,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 19 (1978) 111-20.

“Socrates' Hybris and Alcibiades' Failure,” Phoenix 31 (1977) 22-37.

“The Vote of Athena,” American Journal of Philology 96 (1975) 121-27.

“Hesiod's Dispute with Perses,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 104 (1974) 103-11.

Dike in Archaic Greek Thought,” Classical Philology 69 (1974) 186-97.

Dike in the Works and Days,” Classical Philology 68 (1973) 81-94.

“The Purpose of Plato's Protagoras,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 100 (1969) 133-64.

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