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By Lang Mabel

Court docket television may were not anything new for old Athenians, because the sheer volume of proof present in the Agora for criminal task makes transparent. all kinds of case, from attack and battery to homicide, and from small accounts to contested fortunes, have been heard in quite a few constructions and areas round the civic heart, and the speeches given in safeguard and prosecution stay many of the masterpieces of Greek literature. in addition to describing the areas the place judgments have been made (such because the Stoa Basileios, place of work of the King Archon), the writer discusses the development of a few recognized instances (known from the speeches of orators like Demosthenes), corresponding to the patrimony swimsuit of a girl named Plangon opposed to the nobleman Mantias, or the attack cost leveled by way of Ariston opposed to Konon and his sons.

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Always the klepsydra (water clock that timed the speeches; 36) prevented one from presenting one’s case adequately, even though it could be stopped for the reading of laws or the testimony of witnesses. And frequently litigants felt it necessary to instruct thejurors concerning the dire results of a contrary vote wluch would set a precedent for rampant crime in the streets. Certainly the orations, which are our source for court activity in Athens, combine the personal passions of defendants and prosecutors with the rhetorical arts of the speech writers.

325 liters. C. goods are safe in Athens, the borrowers will pay back to the lenders the amount accrued according to the contract w i t h twenty days after their return to Athens, complete except for anything jettisoned which all the passengers have voted in common to throw out, and if they paid anythmg to hostile forces. When Artemon died without paying back the debt, Androkles sued h s brother Lakritos as Artemon’s heir and because he had verbally agreed to be his guarantor. But Lakritos put in a special plea to bar the suit because he was not written into the contract and because, having renounced his brother’s estate, he was also relieved of its debts.

123. Courtesy G. Morgan I I. Drawn by W. B. Dinsmoor, Jr. 13244 13a. P 889 13b. P 28470 14. 17396 I 5. Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna 895 16. Hamburger Kunsthalle 17. Drawn by W. B. Dinsmoor, Jr. 18. Staatliche Museum, Berlin, inv. no. Sk 3 10 19. The American Numismatic Society 12. Agora photograph Drawn by L. E. McAllister, Jr. 23. British Museum, 1920, 12-21. I 20. 21. 24. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 26 Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford B 822 B 1056, B 146, B 728 15376 7001 I 32. Drawn by Piet deJong 34.

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