By Danielle S. Allen

For Danielle Allen, punishment is extra a window onto democratic Athens' primary values than just a suite of professional practices. From imprisonment to stoning to refusal of burial, cases of punishment in historical Athens fueled conversations between traditional voters and political and literary figures in regards to the nature of justice. Re-creating in bright element the cultural context of this dialog, Allen indicates that punishment gave the neighborhood a chance to set up a shining delusion of concord and cleanliness: that the town should be purified of anger and social fight, and ideal order completed. every one member of the city--including particularly ladies and slaves--had a particular position to play in restoring equilibrium between punisher, punished, and society. the typical view is that democratic felony procedures moved clear of the "emotional and private" to the "rational and civic," yet Allen exhibits that anger, honor, reciprocity, spectacle, and social reminiscence always prevailed in Athenian legislations and politics.

Allen attracts upon oratory, tragedy, and philosophy to give the energetic highbrow weather during which punishment used to be incurred, debated, and inflicted by way of Athenians. huge in scope, this ebook is without doubt one of the first to provide either a whole account of punishment in antiquity and an exam of the political stakes of democratic punishment. it's going to interact classicists, political theorists, criminal historians, and somebody wishing to benefit extra in regards to the family members among associations and tradition, normative rules and day-by-day occasions, punishment and democracy.

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