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Horkos : the oath in Greek society

Author: Alan H Sommerstein; Judith Fletcher; University of Nottingham.
Publisher: Exeter, UK : Bristol Phoenix Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
"What was an oath? When were oaths necessary? How seriously were oaths taken? How did literary artists exploit them? How did Greek oath practices relate to those of neighbouring cultures?" "This volume derives from a large-scale ongoing research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on the oath in ancient Greece, and comprises seventeen chapters by experts in law, in political and social history, in literary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Exeter, UK : Bristol Phoenix Press, 2007
Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan H Sommerstein; Judith Fletcher; University of Nottingham.
ISBN: 9781904675679 1904675670
Language Note: Includes Greek quotations with English translations.
OCLC Number: 144525079
Notes: "This volume originated ... from a conference on 'The Oath in Greek Society' held at Nightingale Hall, University of Nottingham, from 30 June to 2 July 2004"--Preface.
Description: xii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Oaths in political life / P.J. Rhodes --
Oaths in Greek interternational relations / Sarah Bolmarcich --
Litigants' oaths in Athenian law / Michael Gagarin --
The dikast's oath and the question of fact / David C. Mirhady --
Could a Greek oath guarantee a claim right? Oaths, contracts and the structure of obligation in classical Athens / David Carter --
Oath and contract / Edwin M. Carawan --
'An Olympic victory must not be bought': oath-taking, cheating and women in Greek athletics / Jonathan S. Perry --
Epinician swearing / Bonnie MacLachlan --
Horkos in the Oresteia / Judith Fletcher --
Masters of manipulation: Euripides' (and Medea's) use of oaths in Medea / Arlene Allan --
Cloudy swearing: when (if ever) is an oath not an oath? / Alan H. Sommerstein --
Thucydides and Plataian perjury / Simon Hornblower --
The oath of Demophantos and the politics of Athenian identity / Julia L. Shear --
Hierophantic performances: the Syracuscans' great oath and other examples / Tarik Wareh --
Oath and allusion in Alcaeus fr. 129 / Mary R. Bachvarova --
Cosmological oaths in Empedocles and Lucretius / Myrto Garani --
['I swear by Augustus himself']: the Greek oath in the roman world / Serena Connolly.
Other Titles: Oath in Greek society
Responsibility: edited by Alan H. Sommerstein and Judith Fletcher.


The importance of oaths to ancient Greek culture can hardly be overstated, especially in the political and judicial fields;  Read more...
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