Social Norms in the Courts of Ancient Athens

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Social Norms in the Courts of Ancient Athens

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dc.contributor.author Lanni, Adriaan M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-01T20:21:10Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Adriaan Lanni, Social Norms in the Courts of Ancient Athens, 9 Journal of Legal Analysis 691 (2009). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1946-5319 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3333570
dc.description.abstract Ancient Athens was a remarkably peaceful and well-ordered society by both ancient and contemporary standards. Scholars typically attribute Athens’ success to internalized norms and purely informal enforcement mechanisms. This article argues that the formal Athenian court system played a vital role in maintaining order by enforcing informal norms. This peculiar approach to norm enforcement compensated for apparent weaknesses in the state system of coercion. It mitigated the effects of under-enforcement in a private prosecution system by encouraging litigants to uncover and punish their opponents’ past violations. Court enforcement of extra-statutory norms also permitted the Athenians to enforce a variety of social norms while maintaining the fictions of voluntary devotion to military and public service and of limited state interference in private conduct. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Harvard Univesrity Press en_US
dc.relation.hasversion https://ojs.hup.harvard.edu/index.php/jla/article/view/60 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject greek en_US
dc.subject sociology en_US
dc.subject custom en_US
dc.subject greece en_US
dc.subject antiquity en_US
dc.title Social Norms in the Courts of Ancient Athens en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Legal Analysis en_US
dash.depositing.author Lanni, Adriaan M.
dc.date.available 2009-10-01T20:21:10Z

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