R.A. Bauman: Political trials in Ancient Greece. Routledge, Oxford

G. Van W. Kruger


Bauman claims that his work is original in its comprehensiveness, combining a study of trials
under Athenian law and those under Macedonian law and looking at Athenian trials in their
historical, and not just legal, context. Bauman is best known for his books on maiestas
(treason) and impietas in Roman legal history, and it is thus not surprising that in this foray
into Greek history he seems predisposed to finding impietas and maiestas wherever they may
lurk. He would assume that, as the laws on maiestas and impietas were exploited to protect
the Roman emperors, so in Greek law asebeia (impiety, sacrilege) was invoked to protect the
political order.

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