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Law and Drama in Ancient Greece | Edward M. Harris | Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Subject: Literature
Curriculum: National UK
Language: English
Classoos code: 13107
Digitization: Live text
Published: 10/10/2013
ISBN: 9781472519856
Hardcopy ISBN: 9781472524188

Law and Drama in Ancient Greece

Edward M. Harris

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Summary

The relationship between law and literature is rich and complex. In the past three and half decades, the topic has received much attention from literary critics and legal scholars studying modern literature. Despite the prominence of law and justice in Ancient Greek literature, there has been little interest among Classical scholars in the connections between law and drama. This is the first collection of essays to approach Greek tragedy and comedy from a legal perspective. The volume does not claim to provide an exhaustive treatment of law and literature in ancient Greece. Rather it provides a sample of different approaches to the topic. Some essays show how knowledge of Athenian law enhances our understanding of individual passages in Attic drama and the mimes of Herodas and enriches our appreciation of dramatic techniques. Other essays examine the information provided about legal procedure found in Aristophanes' comedies or the views about the role of law in society expressed in Attic drama. The collection reveal how the study of law and legal procedure can enhance our understanding of ancient drama and bring new insights to the interpretation of individual plays.