Book Review: Thanos Zartaloudis, "The Birth of Nomos", Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019



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nomos, prawo starożytnej Grecji, społeczeństwo starożytnych Greków, polityka starożytnej Grecji


This paper contains a critical assessment of the The Birth of Nomos (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019) of Thanos Zartaloudis. It describes the key assumptions made in this recent publication, as well as the content of each chapter, judging on its merits and defects.

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Jan Skarbek-Kazanecki - Uniwersytet Łódzki

Mgr Jan Skarbek-Kazanecki – Assistant Professor and PhD Student at the Department of Classical Philology, University of Lodz. His interests include archaic Greek poetry and music, especially the elegiac tradition, the philosophy of Plato and Modern Greece. A member of the academic society Collegium Invisibile; in cooperation with the Polish Children’s Fund (Krajowy Fundusz na rzecz Dzieci) he conducts workshops and talks for high school students. His dissertation focuses on the concept of “justice” (δίκη) in the Corpus Theognideum.


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Skarbek-Kazanecki, J. (2021). Book Review: Thanos Zartaloudis, "The Birth of Nomos", Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019. Collectanea Philologica, (24), 229–234.