Ancient Greek Law

A Special Session on “Ancient Greek & Roman Law”
as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World
3-6 January 2024, Athens, Greece

ATINER is organizing a Special Session on “Ancient Greek & Roman Law” as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World which will be held in Athens, Greece on 3-6 January 2024.

The aim of the session is to bring together academics and researchers whose work is related to Ancient Greek and Roman law.

Interest in the study of ancient Greek law has been revived in recent years. Traditionally, research had been largely confined to the better attested legal system of the classical Athenian democracy. Yet, early (archaic) Greek law as well as the legal systems of other city-states have formed the focus of latest studies relating to politics, classics, legal history, social and cultural anthropology. This cross disciplinary approach to Greek law proves that its study need not be a sterile examination of the distant past and renders its juxtaposition to Roman Law, the cornerstone of modern European legal thought, particularly interesting. Valuable lessons can be extracted if research is linked with contemporary issues in a way that leads to an intellectual ferment for the improvement of our lives.

Areas of interest include (but are not confined to):

  • The rule of law in ancient Greece
  • Equality before the law in ancient Greece
  • Unity of ancient Greek law
  • Relevance in Athenian courts
  • Evidence in Athenian courts
  • Study of the Attic orators
  • The rhetoric of Athenian litigants
  • Promoting the study of Greek law in the 21st century
  • Teaching ancient Greek law in the 21st century
  • Incorporating ancient Greek law in university curriculum

You may participate as presenter of one session or observer. Selected paper will be published in a special issue in the Athens Journal of History.

Please submit an abstract (by email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 31 October 2023 to: Dr. George Zouridakis, Senior Researcher, Law Unit, ATINER. Abstracts should include the following details: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

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