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.
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