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A History of Trust in Ancient Greece$
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Steven Johnstone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226405094

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226405117.001.0001

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A History of Trust in Ancient Greece
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405117.003.0008

This chapter examines legal decision making in ancient Greece. It considers how the active, judging role of the audience in Athenian courts and assemblies has been obscured by the reduction of rhetoric to persuasion and describes how elite and ordinary Athenians negotiated their class interests through ideology in rhetorical contexts. This chapter argues that a generalized trust in the system preceded and established trust in specific speakers and explains that rhetoric constituted relationships among citizens that were abstract, impersonal, and powerful.

Keywords:   legal decision making, ancient Greece, audience, Athenian courts, class interests, rhetoric, trust

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