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Horkos: The Oath in Greek Society

Alan Sommerstein and Judith Fletcher


The importance of oaths to ancient Greek culture can hardly be overstated, especially in the political and judicial fields; but they have never been the object of a comprehensive, systematic study. This book derives from a research project on the oath in ancient Greece, and comprises seventeen chapters by experts in law, in political and social history, in literary criticism, and in cross-cultural studies, exploring the subject from a broad spectrum of positions. Topics covered include the nature of ancient Greek oaths; the functions they performed within communities and in relations between t ... More

Keywords: oaths, culture, Hittites, Romans, ancient Greece, social history, literary criticism, cross-cultural studies, communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781904675679
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Sommerstein, editor
University of Nottingham

Judith Fletcher, editor
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario