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Chapter 6 examines the role of law and justice in the speeches of Demosthenes and other Greek orators. The Demosthenic corpus consists of 42 judicial speeches in which issues of justice are central and legal cases are assessed for their conformity with the laws of Athens. After discussing how the laws and justice figure in the oratory of Demosthenes, in connection with the judges’ expectations and with the rules and institutional habits that determined how these cases were assessed, the chapter considers the place of law and justice in Athenian trials. It also analyses the ways that the law is applied in the Athenian lawcourts and the importance of laws being consistent among themselves and in the principles they foster.

Keywords: law, justice, speeches, Demosthenes, orators, Athens, oratory, judges, trials

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