The Forensic Stage: Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy

The Forensic Stage: Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy

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by Adele C. Scafuro
     
 

This book explores the ways in which legal disputes were settled out of court in fourth-century BC Athens and in second-century BC Rome. After examining pre-trial scenarios in the Attic orators and comparable ones in Roman legal sources, the author turns to the plays of Greek New Comedy and their later Roman adaptations. See more details below

Overview

This book explores the ways in which legal disputes were settled out of court in fourth-century BC Athens and in second-century BC Rome. After examining pre-trial scenarios in the Attic orators and comparable ones in Roman legal sources, the author turns to the plays of Greek New Comedy and their later Roman adaptations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521443838
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/06/1997
Pages:
534
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Pre-Trial Plays: 1. The staging of dispute settlement; 2. Initiating justice: threat, summons, and arrest; Part II. Reconciliation and its Rhetoric: 3. Private arbitration and reconciliation in Athens and Rome; 4. Scenarios of arbitration and reconciliation in New Comedy; 5. Redress for sexual offences in Athenian and Roman law; 6. The resolution of seduction and rape in New Comedy; 7. Arguing behind closed doors; Part III. Playing on the Boundaries of the Law: 8. Entrapment and framing; Appendices: 1. Official arbitration in the Attic orators; 2. Private arbitrations and reconciliations in Athens; 3. Remedies for enslavement, kidnapping and slave-stealing in Athens and Rome; 4. Controversial summonses in Rudens and Persa; 5. Threats of lawsuits and self-help remedies in Graeco-Roman New Comedy; 6. Ambiguous arbitri in Roman comedy; 7. Moikhos and moikheia.

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