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Perjury In Ancient Religion And Modern Law: A Comparative Analysis Of Perjury In Homer And United States Law

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The modern western world is vastly different from that of the ancient Mediterranean. This chapter points out some of the main differences between ancient Greek and contemporary conceptions by comparing Homer's understanding of perjury with that prevalent today in the United States. The chapter begins by examining the modern and Homeric Sitze im Leben for perjury. Next, it turns to the questions of perjury's definition, of the role played by intentionality, and of the party responsible for punishing the perjurer. The chapter concludes with a brief synopsis of the major results of this brief investigation.

Keywords: ancient Greek religion; Homer; perjury; Sitz im Leben; United States law



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