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The Rule of Law in Action in Democratic Athens$
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Edward M. Harris

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899166.001.0001

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(p.345) Epilogue
The Rule of Law in Action in Democratic Athens

Edward M. Harris

Oxford University Press

This epilogue summarizes the main themes covered in this study. Among these is how the Athenians carefully constructed a legal system aimed at implementing the rule of law; their efforts to prevent the abuse of power by officials; and their failure to create adequate safeguards to protect the rights of individuals accused of major crimes. It argues that Athenian democracy suffered too many disasters to be considered a success. Nonetheless, the Athenians and the citizens of the other Greek city-states made important steps in establishing democracy and the rule of law.

Keywords:   Athenian law, rule of law, democracy, legal system

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