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By Ilias Arnaoutoglou

During this accomplished and available sourcebook, Ilias Arnaoutoglou offers a set of historical Greek legislation, that are positioned of their felony 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 nation - structure, legislative procedure, public tasks, colonies, construction actions, naval forces, penal laws, faith, politics and inter-state affairs.Dr Arnaoutoglou explores the importance of laws in old Greece, the diversities and similarities among historical Greek laws and legislators and their smooth opposite numbers and in addition offers clean translations of the criminal records themselves.

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Cf. Roussel (1976) TRIBU ET CITÉ. ÉTUD ES SUR LES GRO UPES SO CIAUX D ANS LES CITÉS GRECQ UES AUX ÉPOQ UES ARCHAIQ UES ET CLASSIQ UE, Paris (Centre de Recherches d’Histoi re Ancienne 23). 35 have arranged everything according to the law within a month, otherwise each councillor shall owe fifty drachmas. Col. III: […] by the prosecutor and having exacted the money he will be entitled to keep it. And if anyone […] or prosecutes for anti-patriotism, the action and the trial will be brought before the then current magistrates.

In this respect, one may think of the THESMOTHETAI* and the eponymous archon, the former as responsible for civil suits and the latter as the magistrate hearing cas es of impiety (ASEBEIA). 6th century BC In the commentary of Gaius, a Roman jurist of the second century AD, on the legislation of the Twelve Tablets, the following law on associations, believed to be Solonian, survives. This commentary was reproduced by the compilers of the D IGEST, the sixth-century compilation of the work of Roman jurists.

It is also enacted that all commercial transactions should take place in a particular location and sets out the exchange rate of the local coinage to the coinage of Kyzikos, which was used widely in the area of the Black Sea from the 6th to the 4th century BC. These are the conditions for those entering Borysthenes 30 by sea; the Council and the people decided; Kanobos, son of Thrasydamas, proposed; it is permitted to import and export coins with the stamp of authenticity, gold and silver; anyone willing to buy or sell coins, gold or silver, he can do so on the stone in the place where the assembly of the people is convened; whoever sells or buys coins in another place, the seller will be fined to the amount of the sale and the buyer will be required to pay an amount equal to the value of the purchase; all the purchases and sales are to be paid in money issued by the POLIS, bronze and silver coins of Olbia; if anyone sells or buys in another currency the seller will lose the object sold and the buyer the price paid; those who violate the law will have to pay a fine to the magistrates, following the decision of a lawcourt.

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