By Steven Johnstone
Athenians played democracy day-by-day of their legislation courts. with out attorneys or judges, deepest electorate, performing as accusers and defendants, argued their very own situations on to juries composed usually of 201 to 501 jurors, who voted on a verdict with out deliberation. This criminal procedure bolstered and perpetuated democracy as Athenians understood it, for it emphasised the ideological equality of all (male) electorate and the hierarchy that positioned them above girls, teenagers, and slaves.
This examine makes use of Athenian courtroom speeches to track the results for either disputants and society of people' judgements to show their quarrels into felony situations. Steven Johnstone describes the rhetorical options that prosecutors and defendants used to cajole juries and exhibits how those techniques demonstrate either the issues and the chances of language within the Athenian courts. He argues that Athenian "law" had no aim lifestyles outdoors the courts and used to be, hence, itself inherently rhetorical. This bold new interpretation advances an knowing of Athenian democracy that isn't narrowly political, yet particularly hyperlinks strength to the practices of a selected institution.
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Disputes and Democracy: The Consequences of Litigation in Ancient Athens by Steven Johnstone