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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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Litigants' Oaths in Athenian Law

Litigants' Oaths in Athenian Law

(p.39) 3 Litigants' Oaths in Athenian Law

Michael Gagarin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the oaths that were, or might be, taken by litigants in ancient Greece, and looks at proklēsis, usually translated ‘challenge’, as a common feature of Athenian forensic pleadings. It also discusses oath-offers by making a distinction between a litigant's proposal for a supporter or a third party to swear an oath and a proposal for the opponent or a supporter of the opponent to swear an oath. In addition, the chapter considers oath-offers in epic poetry, focusing on Homer's Iliad, Odyssey, and Hymn to Hermes.

Keywords:   oaths, litigants, ancient Greece, proklēsis, oath-offers, epic poetry, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, Hymn to Hermes

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