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Category: European History|
The author of the book: Edwin Carawan
Edition: Oxford University Press
Date of issue: 31 Dec 2013
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 5.46 MB
City - Country: Oxford, United Kingdom
Full description of the book The Athenian Amnesty and Reconstructing the Law:This volume explores the amnesty which ended the civil war at Athens in 403 BC. Drawing upon ancient historians and speechwriters, together with the surviving inscriptions, it presents a new interpretation of the Athenian Amnesty in its original setting and in view of the subsequent reconstruction of laws and democratic institutions in Athens. Beginning with the evidence on the original agreement and the events that shaped it, the volume also discusses the major trials that challenged and reinterpreted key elements of the amnesty agreement, including the trial of Socrates. These studies reveal the Athenian Amnesty as a contractual settlement between the warring PDF parties, a bargain for peace and reconciliation. The oath that came to symbolize the Amnesty was the closing to that contract, a pledge not to go back on the covenants that spelled out remedies and restrictions-not a promise to forgive and forget. The same contractual principle inspired major reforms of the restored democracy, barring litigation on settled claims and ensuring that new legislation did not conflict with the constitution. While this book deals largely with the ancient agreement, Carawan also draws perspectives from parallels in modern history, such as the post-apartheid settlement in South Africa, illustrating how ePub the Athenian Amnesty is generally regarded as the model for political 'forgiveness' or 'pardon and oblivion' embraced in later conflict resolution.
About the author Edwin CarawanEdwin Carawan is Professor of Classics at Missouri State University. His publications include Rhetoric and the Law of Draco (OUP; 1998) and The Attic Orators (OUP; 2007) in the Oxford Readings in Classical Studies series.
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