Please join us! Public dissertation defense by Classics PhD candidate Foivos Karachalios
"The Politics of Judgment in Early Greece: Dispute Resolution and State Formation from the Homeric World to Solon's Athens"
Friday, May 24 at 3:15pm
Bldg. 110, Rm. 112 (departmental seminar room)
This dissertation examines public dispute resolution in early Greece before the introduction of written law to argue that the elites who were able to stand out as great administrators of the process could stand to gain important payoffs in terms of political or material capital. If an individual or a group managed to monopolize the administration of the process, the outcome for the rest of the community could be so undesirable, that Greeks in several cities decided to regulate the process. This process of regulation, involving the introduction of written law and civic bodies, engendered an institutional apparatus that in several ways defined the formation of early Greek states.