Why - within the great variety of courses offered by our faculty - to attend a seminar in Ancient Law? A seminar is meant to provide in addition to the existing compulsory offer of the faculty an opportunity to venture into new, less often discussed topics; topics which are not commonplace and allow us a respite from the constraints of a preestablished curriculum. Such broadening of horizons helps stimulate students to critically question and at the same time better understand their own legal system. Seminars offer students a unique opportunity to explore, in a relaxed atmosphere, themes outside their usual areas of study – specific topics that cannot find their way into the ordinary curriculum, foreign provisions, or –in our case– ideas and solutions from the past that have arrived to us through literary sources, through inscriptions and through papyri.
List of topics:
Section I: Law of persons and family law
Topic 1: Manumission of slaves in the Greek world
Topic 2: The "giving" of the bride and the formation of marriage in Greek law
Topic 3: Divorce in the Greek legal tradition
Section II: Law of credit and real securities
Topic 4: The debt trap in Antiquity: Indebtedness as a problem, between philosophical doctrine and constitutional law practice
Topic 5: Debt modification and novation in Greek practice
Topic 6: The Greek hypothec
Section III: Law of sale
Topic 7: The Greek sale in the classical poleis and in the Hellenistic world
Topic 8: Sale on credit and sale for delivery in Greek practice
Topic 9: Earnest money and sale in the Greek and Hellenistic world
Section IV: Foundations of the Greek law of obligations
Topic 10: Forms and effect of the Greek "written agreement" (syngraphe)
Topic 11: Agreement, promise and "bound provision" (Zweckverfügung) in the Greek homologia
Topic 12: The Greek obligation as a right of distraint
Credits and records:
The seminar is open to bachelor- and masterstudents. The bachelor-thesis is awarded 6 ECTS and must consist of approx. 20 pages (excl. bibliography etc.). The master-thesis must be awarded exactly 12 ECTS since the academic reform and it has to consist of approx. 40 pages.
|Date and Place||
Briefing: Changed date: Friday 18th of November at 12:15 over Zoom (Link in the seminar guidelines)
Seminar: March 31st until April 3rd 2023; Athens
|Participation and further Information||
For the procedure and further information please consider the: seminar guidelines (PDF, 366 KB)
Further details regarding the order of events in Athens as well as accomodation etc. will be published asap.
Prof. Dr. Athina Dimopoulou studied at the University of Athens as well as at the Université Paris-II and at the École des hautes études Sorbonne in Paris. In 1999 she obtained her PhD from Université Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas). Since 2012, in addition to her work as a lawyer in Athens, she has been an assistant professor of Roman law at the Faculty of Law of the National Kapodistrian University.
Her research focuses on legal-epigraphic sources and Greek orators, which can be confirmed not least by her outstanding publications and the numerous prizes she has been awarded.
Prof. Dimopoulou has received numerous honours, including in particular the honorary award presented by the Greek Minister of Education in 2012 for her services at the Roman Law Moot Court, which she chaired between 2008 and 2016. Athina Dimopoulou is a member of the scientific committee of the "Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité" (RIDA) and of the journal "Rivista di storia del diritto greco ed ellenistico" (DIKE) and taught alongside her position as an assistant professor at the University of Athens as a visiting professor at numerous other universities, including the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of the Aegean.