Law in Classical Athens w. Dr Edward Harris

Amongst other things, Athens was an early adopter of the rule of law. Emeritus Professor Edward M. Harris, Durham University, joins the show to explain how law functioned in Classical Athens.

Some topics explored

  • What the period of Classical Athens is
  • When the rule of law begins in Athens
  • Early creators of Athenian law: Solon and Draco
  • How the court process worked including starting a claim, summoning, procedure, magistrate responsibilities, jurors, questioning period, court day, judges involved
  • The concept of 500 judges who act as jurors as we know it contemporarily
  • Socrates’ famous trial
  • After a guilty verdict the concept of the guilty party making a recommendation on what the penalty should be
  • The water clock
  • How law conducted in Classical Athens influenced future law directly and indirectly

Listen to the episode

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Show Notes


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