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The Forensic Stage : Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy - Adele C. Scafuro

The Forensic Stage

Settling Disputes in Graeco-Roman New Comedy

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Graeco-Roman New Comedy has traditionally provided a source for legal historians examining the language and operation of law both in Athens in the fourth century and in Rome in the second century BC. Adele Scafuro here provides the first comprehensive treatment in English of one crucial area of this vast field, namely, the way legal disputes are settled out of court in Athens, both on and off the comic stage. Beginning with a close examination of pre-trial scenarios in the Attic orators and looking for comparable ones in pre-classical Roman law, Dr Scafuro then turns to the plays of Greek New Comedy and their adaptations by Plautus and Terence. There she identifies similar scenarios especially in disputes concerning sexual violations, the marriages of heiresses, and divorces. She shows how the recognition of legal procedures aids interpretation of New Comedy texts.

'This is a remarkably learned and elegantly produced volume that is bound to be frequently consulted by scholars and students of law and comedy alike for many years to come.' Brill

Introduction
Pre-Trial Plays
The staging of dispute settlement
Initiating justice: threat, summons, and arrest
Reconciliation and its Rhetoric
Private arbitration and reconciliation in Athens and Rome
Scenarios of arbitration and reconciliation in New Comedy
Redress for sexual offences in Athenian and Roman law
The resolution of seduction and rape in New Comedy
Arguing behind closed doors
Playing on the Boundaries of the Law
Entrapment and framing
Appendices
Official arbitration in the Attic orators
Private arbitrations and reconciliations in Athens
Remedies for enslavement, kidnapping and slave-stealing in Athens and Rome
Controversial summonses in Rudens and Persa
Threats of lawsuits and self-help remedies in Graeco-Roman New Comedy
Ambiguous arbitri in Roman comedy
Moikhos and moikheia
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ISBN: 9780521443838
ISBN-10: 0521443830
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 13th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.86