Koinodikion: a study of judicial process as a diplomatic tool in Hellenistic Crete

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Title: Koinodikion: a study of judicial process as a diplomatic tool in Hellenistic Crete
Author: Craven, Stephanie Pamela
Abstract: This study investigates the nature of koinodikion (“shared tribunal” ) in Hellenistic Crete , addressing questions of what it was and how it functioned in intercity treaties , and particularly its relationship to the Cretan Koinon , or federation . In my report , I examine koinodikion through a close reading of the inscriptional (IC IV .197 , IC III .iii .4 , and a new treaty between Gortyn and Knossos ) and literary (Polybius 22 .19 .1 -5 ) evidence , observing not only its use in a particular passage , but also that passage's significance in context of the whole document . I then compare my findings in the Cretan context to attestations of koinodikion from outside of Crete , where the Cretan Koinon was not a factor . Finally , I examine two earlier Cretan inscriptions (IC IV .80 and IC I .xvi .1 ) to reconstruct a cultural context for shared judicial practices .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -08 -368
Date: 2010-06-04

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Koinodikion: a study of judicial process as a diplomatic tool in Hellenistic Crete. Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -08 -368 .

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