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Episode 24 - Blood Ink: Greek Murder Trials

How did ancient Greeks obtain justice during a century known for bloodshed and turbulence? And how did the Athenians reconcile such senseless violence with their society's high values of justice and truth? Two ancient Athenian murder trials answer these questions and show how the city’s so-called Golden Age was just as ruthless as the rest of ancient history.



Against the Stepmother For Poisoning. Perseus Digital Library.

On the Murder of Herodes.

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Gagarin, Michael. “Athenian Homicide Law: Case Studies.” Demos. March 27, 2003.

Graves, Robert. The Greek Myths. (New York: Penguin Books, 2012).

Hamilton, Edith. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. (New York: Warner Books, 1999).

“Katharsis & Miasma.” Hellenic Faith.

“Law and Courts in Ancient Athens: A Brief Overview.” The Kosmos (Harvard). September 20, 2018.

Plutarch and Fowler, H.N. Trans. Lives of the Ten Orators. 1936.

Spencer, McDaniel. “Ancient Greek Murder Mysteries.” Tales of Times Forgotten. October 2, 2019.

Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers -

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