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5.0 out of 5 stars Broad yet intricate, readable yet impeccably researched., 6 July 2000
This review is from: The Shape of Athenian Law (Clarendon Paperbacks) (Paperback)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A manual in how to make Athenian legal procedure interesting, 23 Mar 2008
This review is from: The Shape of Athenian Law (Clarendon Paperbacks) (Paperback)
This book is quite an achievement. Todd skillfully mixes information suitable for the average reader with detailed analysis suited to those in the academic world. Todd's use of primary material is immense and impressive - an example to all of how to give evidence to support a point. There is a heavy slant on the orator Lysias, but one would perhaps expect this from Todd, being one of the, if not the, leading authorities on Lysias. The book features a handy glossary of technical terms, most retained in a latinised form of the greek, so as not to confuse through the ideological errors often present in translation of conceptual technical terms. A joy to read.
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