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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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Oath and Contract

Oath and Contract

(p.73) 6 Oath and Contract

Edwin Carawan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the circumstances under which the sanction of an oath in ancient Greece was actually invoked to reinforce a contract. More specifically, it considers whether Greek contracts were based on promissory oaths or on some other sense of obligation by focusing on contracts that seem to require an oath and contracts that do not. The chapter also discusses what sort of commitment affected by the oath does not apply in contracts without oath.

Keywords:   ancient Greece, contract, promissory oaths, obligation, commitment

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