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 circumstances on to juries composed as a rule of 201 to 501 jurors, who voted on a verdict with out deliberation. This felony procedure bolstered and perpetuated democracy as Athenians understood it, for it emphasised the ideological equality of all (male) voters and the hierarchy that put them above girls, youngsters, and slaves.
This research makes use of Athenian court docket speeches to track the results for either disputants and society of people' judgements to show their quarrels into criminal circumstances. Steven Johnstone describes the rhetorical techniques that prosecutors and defendants used to cajole juries and indicates how those innovations display either the issues and the probabilities of language within the Athenian courts. He argues that Athenian "law" had no aim life outdoors the courts and used to be, consequently, itself inherently rhetorical. This bold new interpretation advances an knowing of Athenian democracy that's not narrowly political, yet particularly hyperlinks energy to the practices of a specific institution.
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Disputes and Democracy: The Consequences of Litigation in Ancient Athens by Steven Johnstone