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date: 28 November 2022

law, internationallocked

law, internationallocked

  • Jakob Aall Ottesen Larsen
  •  and Simon Hornblower


Under this heading law must be taken in its widest sense to include customary, religious, and moral law. Some approach to statutory law can be seen in the amphictionic laws (see amphictiony ), the covenant after the battle of *Plataea of 479 bce (Thuc. 2. 71), and the *King's Peace ; and the relations of states to each other were regulated by treaties. Nevertheless, international law remained essentially customary and, in contrast to the laws of individual states, which also had once been customary, was never officially recorded or codified. The importance of religion is seen in the amphictionic oath (see amphictiony ), the fetial rites (see fetiales ), and the practice of ratifying treaties by *Oaths . There were generally recognized rules about sanctuaries. Thucydides (4. 98. 2) makes Athenians after the battle of *Delium invoke ‘Greek custom’ which dictated that temples on a given piece of land were the responsibility of the people in possession of that land; but there is tendentious rhetoric in this speech.


  • Greek Law

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