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Writing Authority Elite Competition and Written Law in Early Greece

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ISBN-10: 0875804381

ISBN-13: 9780875804385

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jason Hawke

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In Writing Authority, Hawke argues that the rapidly changing political and economic landscape of early Greece prompted elites to begin committing laws to written form. The emergence of the polis and its institutions, the demographic growth of Greece, the development of market forces and the commoditization of wealth, all presented new challenges and difficulties for the Greeks of the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. Hawke contends that no one felt the attendant anxieties of these changes more acutely than the leading members of early Greek communities-they confronted regulating their intense competition for status and power in an environment where traditional sources of authority, such…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.06" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

Preface
Law, Justice, and Legislation in Early Greece
Introduction
Perspectives on Early Greek Law and Justice, Ancient and Modern
The Organization of the Argument
Approaches to Early Greek Legal Thought and Practice
The Problem of Athenian Historiography for Early Greek Law
The Moral Authority of Epic
Greek Adjudication in Context: Legal Cultures and Legal Anthropology
Legal Culture in Greece before Written Law
An Overview of Dispute Settlement before Written Law
Automatic Self-Help and the Limits of a Normativist Approach
Disputes concerning Clearly Disapproved Behavior (A)
Serious Disagreements over Courses of Action or Approved/Disapproved Behavior (B)
Disputes Arising from Personal Challenges, Threats, or Other Verbal Insults (C)
Disputes Involving Seizure of Property Leading to Loss of Status or Dishonor (D)
Seizure or Loss of Property Involving a Sense of �Breach of Contract� (E)
Conclusions on the Nature of Early Greek Dispute Settlement
Judicial Equality, Literacy, and Written Law
The Problem of Demands for Judicial Equality
Literacy in the Greek World and the Appearance of Written Law
Memory, Malfeasance, and Elite Adjudication under Written Law
Elites and the World of the Emerging Polis
Legal Cultures and Social Change: The Geometric Household and Homeric Reciprocity
Demographics, Oikoi, and the Disembedded Economy
Putting Together the Polis: Synoikismos and the Elite
Cohesion or Conflict?: Exclusion, Inclusion, and Tyranny
Aristocratic Anxieties and the Writing of Laws
Rituals, Reciprocity, and the Elites
The Movement of Property in the Early Polis
Retributive Murder, Funerary Cult, and Ostentation
Political Office and Magisterial Misconduct
Conclusion: Writing and Authority
Notes
Bibliography
Index