By Ilias Arnaoutoglou
During this accomplished and obtainable sourcebook, Ilias Arnaoutoglou offers a set of historic Greek legislation, that are positioned of their criminal and old contexts and are elucidated with appropriate decisions from Greek literature and epigraphical tales. a large region of legislative task in significant and minor Greek city-states, starting from Delphoi and Athens in mainland Greece, to Gortyn in Crete, Olbia in South Russia and Aegean towns together with Ephesos, Samos and Thasos, is roofed. Ilias Arnaoutoglou divides laws into 3 major areas:* the family - marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, sexual offences and private prestige* the market-place - alternate, finance, sale, coinage and rentals* the country - structure, legislative strategy, public tasks, colonies, development actions, naval forces, penal laws, faith, politics and inter-state affairs.Dr Arnaoutoglou explores the importance of laws in historic Greece, the diversities and similarities among historical Greek laws and legislators and their glossy opposite numbers and likewise presents clean translations of the criminal records themselves.
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If the ex-husband does not have a home, where the woman can bring the infant, or if she does not see him, she is to go unpunished, if she exposes the child. If an unmarried woman-OIKEUS is pregnant and gives birth, the child will be under the guardianship of her father’s master; if her father is not alive, the infant will fall under the guardianship of her brother’s master. RELEVANT TEXTS Athens: possible disputes on paternity, Dem. xliii 75 (above, no. 4); recognition of a child, Is. iii 30, Dem.
3; SITO PHYLAKES registering imports of grain, Dem. xx 32; interstate agreements for provision of grain from abroad, Dem. xx 31 and Tod ii 167 (346 BC); Samos: grain law, SYLL3 976 (below, no. 45); Teos (Ionia—Asia Minor): prohibition of obstructing provision of grain, NOM IM A I, 104 (below, no. 70); receipts of maritime loans in Kerkyra, SEG xxx 519–26 (6th/5th century BC). Garnsey ET AL. Garnsey (1988) FAMINE AND FOOD SUPPLY IN THE GRAECO -RO MAN WORLD. RESPONSES TO RISK AND CRISIS, 89–164 and especially 139–42, Cambridge; role of SITO PHYLAKES in Athens, Ph.
The ransoming of fellowcitizens by the wealthier citizens was considered almost a civic duty and agreements between POLEIS provided for such cases. The Gortynian provision is an attempt to regulate the procedure of ransoming rather than to sanction it. If anyone, having an obligation to another person who is in another city, frees him at this person’s request, he shall have authority over the freed person until the latter pays back the ransom. But if they do not agree over the amount of money or the freed person does not admit that he asked to be freed, the judge shall decide taking into account the pleas.