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HorkosThe Oath in Greek Society$
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Alan Sommerstein and Judith Fletcher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675679.001.0001

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Oaths in Political Life1

Oaths in Political Life1

(p.11) 1 Oaths in Political Life1

P.J. Rhodes

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the wide range of contexts in which oaths were used in the political life of Athens and other states, and also of leagues and alliances, in ancient Greece. It focuses on oaths sworn by jurors, litigants, and witnesses, and considers the use of oaths in leagues such as the Delian League and the Peloponnesian League. The chapter also discusses three different ways in which oaths were used at critical points in Athens to secure acceptance of Solon's laws as well as ensure commitment to democracy and reconciliation.

Keywords:   oaths, political life, Athens, leagues, alliances, ancient Greece, Solon, laws, democracy, reconciliation

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