Policing Athens by Virginia J. Hunter

By Virginia J. Hunter

From loved ones gossip to public beatings, this social background explores the various channels during which Athenians maintained public order. Virginia Hunter attracts totally on Attic court docket complaints, which allowed for a variety of proof, together with universal rumors a couple of defendant's personality and testimony, got lower than torture, of slaves opposed to their masters. She describes Athenian "policing" as a kind of social keep watch over that happened throughout quite a number deepest and public degrees. not just does policing seem to have been a collective company, yet its equipment have been embedded in a number of social associations, leading to the blurring of the road among country and society.

Hunter's inquiry into issues akin to loved ones authority, disputes between kinfolk, the presence of slaves in the home, gossip in the house and local, and kinds of public punishment finds a continuum extending from self-regulation between relatives to punitive activities enforced through the nation. spotting the unfairness of criminal files towards the rich, Hunter concentrates on exposing the voices of the fewer strong and no more privileged contributors of society, together with girls and slaves. In so doing she is likely one of the first to handle systematically such vital matters because the authority of girls, self-help, and corporal punishment.

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Sometimes too the husband-to-be hypothecated a portion of his property, land or houses, which was then marked by horoi to indicate that it was owing to his wife for her dowry (Finley, 1952:44–53). 17 CHAPTER ONE Thus the woman (and her family) was protected if the marriage should end. In fact, the transfer of the dowry from a father to his daughter’s husband was very much a financial transaction between the two men. Henceforth, the latter had full use of it. On the other hand, Smicrines’ annoyance at the way his son-in-law was squandering his daughter’s dowry indicates that the husband was by no means its owner.

39–40), offers a very different kind of example. Unlike Nicarete she was never reduced to rubbing shoulders with aliens, metics, or slaves, although she was reduced in her expectations. 22; Davies, 1971:365). 20–24; Rudhardt, 1962:46). 29). Plangon, it seems, attracted gossip and suspicions of adultery (Wolff, 1944:81; Rudhardt, 1962:47–48). 10–11). 6, 19; Davies, 1971:366), he remained attached to his former wife. She became his mistress, occupying a house that he financed, pouring money into it like a chorxgos (producer of a chorus), in the graphic description of the speaker.

3). 33 For there was after all no rule limiting the dowry to cash or movables. Hence, land may well be part of many dowries where the cash value alone is recorded in our sources. 34 This does not signify that they were the personal possession of women: most of them were probably household property. On the other hand, Aristotle’s will reveals a man leaving his wife household slaves. In gratitude for her affection, he left Herpyllis five slaves, three therapainai in addition to her personal attendant and a “boy” (Diog.

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