Jan 22, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

CLA 233 - Justice in a Pure Democracy: Searching for Equal Rights in Ancient Athens


Using speeches from the Athenian lawcourts as case studies, this course will explore how justice was administered in the Classical Athenian democracy. How close did the Athenians come to achieving the isonomia-equality before the law-they boasted of? What legal difference did divisions between women and men, slave and free, foreigner and Athenian, immigrant and citizen, youth and adult make? To find out, we will read speeches by Aischines, Andokides, Antiphon, Demosthenes, Hypereides, Isaios, and Lysias, a sample of Greek orators employing all their rhetorical skills.

Counts toward the major in Classical Languages and Literature, the major in Classical Studies, and the minor in Classical Studies.
Counts as a 300-level course and fulfills the pre-modern requirement in the History major.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

Prerequisites & Notes
Students at all levels welcome. (Fall)