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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. Edward Harris

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Edward Harris is Professor of Ancient History; he has published extensively on Athenian political history and institutions, Greek law and the economy of Ancient Greece. He has published Aeschines and Athenian Politics (New York and Oxford 1995) and Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens (Cambridge and New York 2006). He has co-edited with R. W. Wallace, Transitions to Empire, Essays in Greco-Roman History 360-146 B.C. (Norman OK 1996) and with Lene Rubinstein, The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece (London 2004). He is also translating Demosthenes 20-26 for the series The Oratory of Classical Greece edited by Michael Gagarin (Texas). He has been a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and NEH Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Research Interests

  • Economic History
  • Greek History
  • Greek Law


Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Harris, Edward (2007). Did the Athenian Courts Attempt to Achieve Consistency? Oral Tradition and Written Records in the Athenian Administration of Justice. In Politics of Orality. Cooper, Craig Leiden: Brill. 343-370.
  • Cantarella, E. (2007). Who Enforced the Law in Classical Athens?. In Symposion 2005: Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte (Salerno, 14-18 September 2005). Vienna: Verlag der Oesterreichen Akademie der Wissenschaft. 159-176.
  • Harris, Edward (2006). Antigone the Lawyer or the Ambiguities of Nomos. In The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece. Harris, Edward & Rubinstein, Lene London: Duckworth. 19-56.
  • Harris, Edward (2006). Was all Criticism of Athenian Democracy Anti-Democratic? In Democrazia e Anti-Democrazia. Bultrighini, U. Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso. 11-24.
  • Harris, Edward (2005). Feuding or the Rule of Law? The Nature of Litigation in Classical Athens. An Essay in Legal Sociology. In Symposion 2001: Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte (Evanston, Illinois, 5.-8. September, 2001) = Papers on Greek and Hellenistic legal history (Evanston, Illinois, September 5-8, 2001). Gargarin, M. & Wallace, R.W. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 125-142.
  • Harris, Edward (2004). More Thoughts on Open Texture in Athenian Law. In Nomos estudos sobre direito antigo. Leao, D., Rosetti, D. & Fialho, M. Coimbra: 241-263.
  • Harris, Edward (2002). Workshop, Marketplace and Household The Nature of Technical Specialization in Classical Athens and its Influence on Economy and Society. In Money, Labour and Land: Approaches to the Economies of Ancient Greece. Cartledge, Paul, Cohen, Edward E. & Foxhall, Lin London: Routledge. 67-99.
  • Harris, Edward (2001). How to Kill in Attic Greek. The Semantics of the Verb apokteinein and their implications for Athenian Homicide Law. In Symposion 1997. Vortraege zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte. Cantarella, E. & Thuer, G Cologne, Weimar and Vienna: 75-87.
  • Harris, Edward (2001). Lycurgus. In Deinarchos, Hypereides, and Lycurgus. Gagarin, Michael Austin Texas: University of Texas Press. 153-218.
  • Harris, Edward (2000). The Authenticity of Andocides De Pace. A Subversive Essay. In Polis and Politics: Studies in Greek HistoryPolitics: Studies in Ancient Greek History,. Flensted-Jensen, Penilla, Nielsen, Thomas & Rubinstein, Lene Copenhagen: 479-506.
  • Harris, Edward (1994). Law and Oratory. In Persuasion. Greek Rhetoric in Action. Worthington, Iam London: Routledge. 130-150.

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