Trials from Classical Athens by Christoph Carey

By Christoph Carey

Trials from Classical Athens offers a variety of key forensic speeches with new translations and lucid explanatory notes, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments and a dialogue of the criminal concerns raised. Carey bargains a various repertory of felony case reports which care for various features of Athenian legislation. the quantity offers a special and obtainable advent to the Athenian criminal procedure and the way the approach finds the values and social lifetime of Classical Athens. This finished ebook might be a primary source for college students of historical Greek historical past and a person drawn to the legislations, social historical past and oratory of the traditional Greek global.

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After dinner the baby cried and howled; he was being tormented by the maid on purpose to make him, because the man was in the house – afterwards I discovered all of this. [12] And I told my wife to go off and give the baby the breast to stop him crying. To start with she refused, as if she were pleased to see me back after a long absence. When I grew angry and told her to go she said: ‘Oh yes, so that you can have a go at the serving girl here! ’ [13] I for my part laughed, while she stood up, went out and closed the door, pretending she was joking, and then turned the key.

18] I went home and told the serving girl to come to the market with me. I took her to 29 HOMICIDE CASES the house of one of my friends and told her that I had found out everything that was going on in the house. ‘So,’ I said, ‘you have two choices, either to be whipped and thrown into a mill and never have any release from miseries of this sort, or to tell the whole truth and suffer no harm but obtain pardon from me for your offences. Tell me no lies. ’ [19] As for her, to begin with she denied it and told me to do as I wished, since she knew nothing.

21] When her whole story was told, I said: ‘See that nobody in the world hears of this. Otherwise nothing I have agreed with you will stand. And I expect you to give me manifest proof of this. ’ [22] She agreed to do this. After this there was an interval of four or five days . * as I shall demonstrate with convincing evidence. But first of all I want to give you an account of what took place on the last day. I had a close friend, Sostratos, whom I met on his way from the country after sunset.

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