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Penalties in action in classical Athens. A preliminary survey
Penalties in action in classical Athens. A preliminary survey

Author(s): Jan Kucharski
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Athenian law; enslavement; corporal penalties; capital punishment; exile; outlawry; disenfranchisement; financial penalties

Summary/Abstract: This paper attempts to look at the inner workings of the punitive system in ancient Athens. After a brief survey of the range of penalties available in Classical Athens (capital punishment, exile and outlawry, disenfranchisement, financial penalties, imprisonment, corporal penalties), it proceeds first to examine their nature (as they frequently fail to meet our criteria of punishment), and then to map them on the substance vs. procedure controversy regarding the Athenian legal system. The last two sections of the paper are devoted to the manner in which penalties were imposed (summary punishment, punishment by sentence, “automatic” punishment) and executed (private vs. public execution of court verdicts; coercive measures etc.).

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 117-144
  • Page Count: 28