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Anytos et la corruption massive de juges dans l'Athènes démocratique

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Anytos is thought to be the first person who corrupted an Athenian popular court for his own advantage (409 BC). However, this alleged deed had no known consequences for his political career or his reputation among Socratic writers. Therefore, this paper offers a critical study of the Greek literary tradition. It considers the hypothesis that Anytos was the object of a malicious allegation that could draw upon the gibes of ancient comedy. The paper traces the possible genealogy of Aristotle's assertion (AP 27.5), and concludes that it is questionable to cite this alleged incident as proof that it was possible successfully to corrupt an Athenian court.
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Keywords: ANYTOS; ATHENAION POLITEIA (ARISTOTELES); ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY; BRIBERY; JUSTICE; POPULAR JURIES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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