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The Shape of Athenian Law (Clarendon Paperbacks)
The Shape of Athenian Law (Clarendon Paperbacks)
by S. C. Todd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 48.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broad yet intricate, readable yet impeccably researched., 6 July 2000
In our current climate of populist history versus exclusive academic specialisation, Todd has written a book which is at once broad yet intricate, readable yet impeccably researched. The technicalities of Athenian law are covered in sufficient detail as to provide a mine of information to both specialist historians and comparative lawyers. Yet an excellant glossary and Todd's style of prose will ensure that the "layman" will be able to procede unhindered. But the book is so much more than legal technicalities - Todd's aim was to explore the "shape" of Athenian law, a very broad sweep but one which he manages with absolute success. In any society of any age law both impacts upon, and reflects the attitudes and workings of that society. How did the law really reflect the Athenian attitude toward women? What was the status of the slave and foreigner? Was Athens any less violent than our own supposed yob culture in the UK? There is something for everybody. I also admire Todd's attempt to reclaim a more Greek transliteration of words from their Latinate counterparts, although well-known proper nouns are kept Latinate to avoid confusion for the reader. No bookshelf is quite complete without a copy of this masterpiece.


Three Men on the Bummel (Penguin Popular Classics)
Three Men on the Bummel (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Jerome K. Jerome
Edition: Paperback

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But is it as funny?, 6 July 2000
Three Men on the Bummel is a far less well known book than its big brother, the celebrated and beloved classic Three Men in a Boat. Several years have elapsed between novels - indeed to those of us who know and love George, Harris and J it is somewhat startling to find J and Harris married with children. But domestic bliss is starting to cloy, and as the men develop ploys to escape for a holiday, both wives are seen to be extremely "modern" women! Suffice it to say that a cycling tour in the Black Forrest ensues. Jerome's constant observations of the Germans are disconcerting; yes, he writes amusingly of them as lovable eccentrics, obsessed by order and orders, but he was not to know to what hiddeous effect this contributed to in 1939-45, and the shadow of the War was often in my mind. But is the book as funny? I have to answer "yes." Harris and the hosepipe, George's spree of crime, the phrase book outing, all are as funny as anything in the original. Uncle Podger stories are still there, and I laughed out loud many, many times. A gem of a book. Oh, what's a bummel? Read and find out.


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