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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

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675679.003.0004

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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