Brenda Griffith-Williams's A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios PDF

By Brenda Griffith-Williams

ISBN-10: 9004258574

ISBN-13: 9789004258570

In A observation on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams bargains a clean perception, available to non-Greek readers, into 4 disputed inheritance situations from the Athenian courts within the 4th century B.C. the one complete English language statement on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a destructive view of the Athenian criminal procedure as one during which the judges, who had no felony education, might be simply outwitted through an unscrupulous speechwriter without regard for the reality. through addressing the advanced interaction of actual, criminal, and rhetorical concerns within the chosen speeches, Brenda Griffith-Williams identifies the strengths and weaknesses of every speaker's case and offers a extra balanced evaluate of Isaios's paintings.

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9 refers to a fight between two brothers over their paternal estate as the source of a long-running family feud. Rivalry between half-brothers with the same father appears to have been the 41 Listed by Osborne (1985b), 55–58. The sixteen cases of homicide or violence comprise two graphai hubreōs, four dikai aikeias, seven dikai phonou and three dikai traumatos ek pronoias. These figures are not, however, directly comparable with those given for inheritance disputes, because Osborne’s catalogue of dikai and graphai, while it includes fragments and cases known only from references in extant speeches, excludes cases attested only by speech titles “because of the unreliability of titular classifications”.

The exception is Isa. ) A testator may, for various reasons, make his will in favour of his next of kin,45 but the essence of testamentary freedom is that it enables the testator to disrupt the order of intestate succession by leaving his estate to a more distant relation, or even to someone who was not a member of his family at all. In some cases, inevitably, this will lead to disappointed expectations, and sometimes to disputes that need to be resolved by litigation. Some modern commentators have suggested that Athenian juries were, as a matter of principle, prejudiced against wills and in favour of the next 44 Dem.

The published judgment includes a section headed ‘Any other relevant matters including conduct’. 69 For a modern discussion of the relationship between custom and law, see Hart (1994), 44–48. 70 This led to a strong obligation on the childless Hindu to adopt, so that an heir would be in place to carry out the funeral rites. There was no corresponding legal requirement in fourth century Athens, but it is clear that there was a strong expectation that the customary rites (ta nomizomena) would be performed by the person(s) entitled to inherit the estate of the deceased.

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