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By Jason Hawke

ISBN-10: 0875804381

ISBN-13: 9780875804385

In Writing Authority, Hawke argues that the quickly altering political and financial panorama of early Greece triggered elites to start committing legislation to written form. The emergence of the polis and its associations, the demographic progress of Greece, the advance of industry forces and the commoditization of wealth, all awarded new demanding situations and problems for the Greeks of the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.E. Hawke contends that nobody felt the attendant anxieties of those alterations extra acutely than the best individuals of early Greek communities—they faced regulating their excessive pageant for prestige and tool in an atmosphere the place conventional assets of authority, resembling Homeric epic, provided no prepared options for difficulties bobbing up from the transformation of Greek society. Greek elites enshrined in writing ideas aimed toward stabilizing their relationships with each other and, via extension, their communities.

Challenging either demonstrated and rising orthodoxies in regards to the visual appeal of written legislation in historic Greece, Writing Authority questions the significance of a favored or communal function within the earliest Greek laws. methods from anthropology, criminal reviews, and sociology are used to situate the emergence of Greek legislation within the broader context of Greek felony tradition within the 8th via early 6th centuries B.C.E. as Hawke describes in wealthy element the criminal tradition of Homer’s international, considers the influence of literacy on Greek attitudes approximately legislation and authority and its useful outcomes for the governing of the Greek polis, and examines the consequences of the tumultuous alterations in Archaic Greece at the major participants of Greek communities. The result's a compelling monograph that offers an exhaustive and nuanced background of earliest Greek legislation and the motivations of the elites that introduced it into being. it is going to be of curiosity to students of Greek historical past, classicists, and early felony historians.

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