Horkos: The Oath in Greek Society
The importance of oaths to ancient Greek culture can hardly be overstated, especially in the political and judicial fields; but they have never been the object of a comprehensive, systematic study. This volume derives from a research project on the oath in ancient Greece, and comprises seventeen chapters by experts in law, in political and social history, in literary criticism, and in cross-cultural studies, exploring a wide range of aspects of the subject. Topics covered include the nature of ancient Greek oaths; the functions they performed within communities and in relations between them; their exploitation in literary texts and at critical moments in history; and connections between Greek oath phenomena and those of other cultures with which Greeks came into contact, from the Hittites to the Romans. It is an important phenomenon of ancient society that has never before been systematically and comprehensively studied.
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Introduction Alan H Sommerstein
Oaths in political life P J Rhodes
Oaths in Greek international relations Sarah Bolmarcich
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Aeschines Agesilaos Agora agreement Aigeus Alan Sommerstein Alcaeus alliance allies ancient anti-deceit Apollo argues argument Aristophanes Athenian Athens Augustus Bacchylides binding Callippus citizens claim right Classical clause Clytemnestra context contract curse decree Demeter democracy Demophantos demos Demosthenes dikasts Dionysus discussion divine Eleusinian Empedocles epinician Erinyes Euripides evidence example fact foedera goddesses gods Greek oaths Hermes Hittite horkos IG ii2 informal oaths inscription invoked Isaeus Jason Koto touc Kyniska League litigant loyalty Lucretius Medea metaphor Mirhady oath sworn oath-offers oath-taking obligations offer oligarchic Orestes Paphlagonian oath parties passage Peace Peace of Nicias Peloponnesian Peloponnesian League perjury Pheidippides phrase Pindar Plataians political promise reference religious Rhodes and Osborne ritual Roman says SiKaia Sommerstein Spartans speaker specific speech Strepsiades suggests swear an oath swore tcov Telines Theban Thuc Thucydides tion trans treaty truth tT|V TTepi violation witnesses word yvcoun Zeus