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Title: Theft in Athenian law
Author: Cohen, D. J.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1981
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In the scholarly literature on Greek law there has been no comprehensive treatment of the law of theft. Focusing upon Athens during the classical period, this study systematically treats major topics of the substantive law pertaining to theft. Chapter One considers the usage of the verbs aposterein and kleutein, and shows that aaosterein is typically used to describe several types of misappropriations which were seen as conceptually distinct from theft because they arise out of voluntary transactions. Building upon this distinction, Chapter Two focuses upon the types of offenses which constituted the major categories of theft. A general theory of objective criminality is advanced which helps to illuminate the underlying structure of the theft provisions. In addition, the role of subjective elements in the definition of theft is considered. Chapter Three treats the topic of theft of sacred property, and particularly the distinction between hierosulia and embezzlement of sacred property by officials. The evidence from other Greek states for hierosulia is also taken into account, but it is argued that such evidence should not be applied to problems in Athenian law. Chapter Four examines the important problem of the treatment of theft in Plato's dialogue The laws and its relation to Athenian practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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