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Title: The role of guarantors in agreements between the individual and the state in Classical and Hellenistic Greece
Author: Long, Peter James
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 8350
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis examines the role of the guarantor in transactions involving the city state in the context of the debate regarding the unity of Greek law. It asks whether it is possible to identify any principles of law or practice regarding guarantors in these transactions which were common to different city states or whether there were differences which were so significant as to make it meaningless to talk in terms of the unity of Greek law. Focussing on the evidence from classical Athens, independent Delos and the Boiotian confederation of the third century BC, the thesis seeks out similarities and differences of principle and practice in the following areas: (a) when guarantors were required, (b) how guarantors were vetted for suitability, (c) what was expected of guarantors, (d) how guarantees were enforced, and (e) how the interests of the guarantors were protected. The thesis concludes that whilst it is possible to identify some common principles and practices in these areas, important differences can also be observed such as to make it unwise to place too much reliance upon common principles in attempting to reconstruct the role of guarantors in those city states for which we have no or limited evidence. However, analysis of similarities and differences in principles and practices between city states can provide valuable insights into the problems and issues which particular city states faced in particular periods. One example is found in the examination of the problem of what motivated guarantors. Whilst there were various possible motivations, a shortage of guarantors may have been a problem for some communities. This becomes evident from the local modifications to the common principles and practices identified by the research some of which may have developed or been introduced in an attempt to encourage guarantors to come forward.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: guarantors ; Unity of Greek law ; Athens ; Delos ; enforcement