This introductory chapter first addresses the question of whether the Athenians had the same conception of the “rule of law” as we have today. It does so by identifying modern conceptions of the rule of law and then seeing whether the Athenian legal system under the democracy attempted to implement these features. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine how the Athenians attempted to put the ideal of the rule of law into action and to understand the nature of litigation in its democratic context. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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