- Title Pages
- 1 Oaths in Political Life<sup>1</sup>
- 2 Oaths in Greek International Relations<sup>1</sup>
- 3 Litigants' Oaths in Athenian Law
- 4 The Dikasts' Oath and the Question of Fact
- 5 Could a Greek Oath Guarantee a Claim Right?
- 6 Oath and Contract
- 7 ‘An Olympic victory must not be bought’
- 8 Epinician Swearing
- 9 Horkos in the <i>Oresteia</i>
- 10 Masters of Manipulation
- 11 Cloudy Swearing
- 12 Thucydides and Plataian Perjury<sup>*</sup>
- 13 The Oath of Demophantos and the Politics of Athenian Identity<sup>*</sup>
- 14 Hierophantic Performances
- 15 Oath and Allusion in Alcaeus fr. 129
- 16 Cosmological Oaths in Empedocles and Lucretius<sup>1</sup>
- 17 <span xml:lang="ell">Ὀμνύω αὐτὸν τὸν Σεβαστόν</span> The Greek Oath in the Roman World
- General Index
- Index Locorum
Oath and Contract
Oath and Contract
- (p.73) 6 Oath and Contract
- 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.
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