Edward M. Harris


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B.A. Classics, Stanford University, 1974
B.A. Classics, Oxford University, 1976
M.A. Classical Philology, Harvard University, 1980
Ph.D. Classical Philology, Harvard University, 1983


Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 1978-82
Instructor, Harvard University, 1982-83
Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 1983-87
Associate Professor, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 1988-92
Professor, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 1993-2005
Acting Chair of Classics Department, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 2001, 2002
Chair of Classics Department, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 2003-2005
Member of Doctoral Faculty, Graduate School/CUNY, 1986-2005
Professeur invité, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) December 2002-January
Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, 2005-10
Acting Head of Department, Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, 2006-07
Head of Department, Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, 2008-9
Research Professor of Greek History, University of Durham, 2010-



1) Aeschines and Athenian Politics, Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford,

2) edited with R. Wallace, Transitions to World Power in the Greco-Roman World 360-
146 B.C., University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK. 1996.

3) with Ian Worthington and Craig Cooper, Deinarchos, Hypereides, and Lycurgus in
The Oratory of Classical Greece, ed. Michael Gagarin. University of Texas Press,
Austin, TX 2001.

4) edited with L. Rubinstein, The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece. Duckworth,
London, 2004.

5) Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens: Essays on Law, Society, and Politics in Classical Athens. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York 2006.

6) Demosthenes 20-22 in The Oratory of Classical Greece, ed. Michael Gagarin. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX 2008.

7) edited with G. Thür, Symposion 2007: Vorträge zur griechischen und
hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte. Vienna 2008.

8) edited with D. Leao and P. J. Rhodes, Law and Drama in Ancient Greece. Duckworth, London 2010.

Work in Progress

The Rule of Law in Action: The Nature of Litigation in Classical Athens

Articles and Review-Articles

1) with R.Mellor, “A New Roman Military Diploma,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und
Epigraphik 16 (1975) 121-24

2) “The Date of the Trial of Timarchus,” Hermes 113 (1985) 376-80

3) “The Names of Aeschines’ Brothers-in-Law,” American Journal of Philology 107
(1986) 99-102.

4) “How Often did the Athenian Assembly Meet?” Classical Quarterly 36 (1986) 363-77

5) "The Date of Aeschines' Birth," Classical Philology 83 (1988): 211-14.

6) “The Date of Apollodorus’ Speech against Timotheus and its Implications for
Athenian History and Legal Procedure,” American Journal of Philology 109
(1988) 44-52

7) “When is a Sale not a Sale? The Riddle of Athenian Terminology for Real Security
Revisited,” Classical Quarterly 38 (1988) 351-81

8) “Demosthenes’ Speech against Meidias,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 92
(1989) 117-36

9) “More Chalcenteric Negligence,” Classical Philology 84 (1989) 36-44

10) “Iphicrates at the Court of Cotys,” American Journal of Philology 110 (1989) 264-71

11) “The Liability of Business Partners in Athenian Law,” Classical Quarterly 39 (1989)

12) “The Constitution of the Five Thousand,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 93
(1990) 243-80

13) “Did the Athenians Regard Seduction as a Worse Crime than Rape?” Classical
Quarterly 40 (1990) 370-77

14) “When did the Athenian Assembly Meet? Some New Evidence,” American Journal
of Philology 112 (1991) 329-45

15) “Response to Trevor Saunders,” in Symposion 1990: Vorträge zur griechischen und
hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte ed. M. Gagarin (Cologne, Weimar, and Vienna, 1991) 133-38

16) “Pericles’ Praise of Athenian Democracy,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 94
(1992) 57-67

17) Review-Discussion: MacDowell’s edition of Demosthenes’ Against Meidias,
Classical Philology 87 (1992) 71-80

18) “Women and Lending in Classical Athens: A Horos Re-Examined,” Phoenix 46
(1992) 309-21

19) "Apotimema: Athenian Terminology for Real Security in Leases and Dowry
Agreements,” Classical Quarterly 43 (1993) 73-95

20) “Response to Natalie Kampen,” Arethusa 26 (1994) 139-50

21) “Law and Oratory,” in I. Worthington, ed. Persuasion: Greek Rhetoric in Action
(London, 1994) 130-50

22) “Demosthenes Loses a Friend and Nausicles Gains a Position: A Prosopographical
Note on Athenian Politics after Chaironea,” Historia 43 (1994) 378-84

23) "In the Act or Red-Handed? Furtum Manifestum and Apagoge to the Eleven," in
Symposion 1993: Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte
ed. G. Thür (Cologne, Weimar, and Vienna, 1994) 129-46

24) "Demosthenes and the Theoric Fund," in Transitions to World Power 57-76

25) "A Note on Adoption and Deme Registration" Tyche 11 (1996) 123-27.

26) "Solon and the Seisachtheia" in The Development of the Polis in Archaic Greece, ed.
L. Mitchell and P. J. Rhodes (London and New York 1997) 103-12.

27) "The Constitution of the Five Thousand" Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und
Epigraphik 116 (1997) 300.

28) Review-Discussion: Susan Deacy and Karen Peirce, eds. Rape in Antiquity: Sexual
Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds. EMC/CV 40 (16) (1998) 483-96

29) "IG ii3 227 and the So-Called Peace of Epilycus," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und
Epigraphik 126 (1999) 123-28

30) "Notes on the New Grain-Tax Law," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik
128 (1999) 269-72

31) "The Penalties for Frivolous Prosecution in Athenian Law," DIKE 2 (1999) 123-42

32) with Kenneth Tuite, "Notes on a Horos from the Athenian Agora," Zeitschrift für
Papyrologie und Epigraphik 131 (2000) 101-5

33) “The Authenticity of Andocides’ De Pace: A Subversive Essay” in Polis and
Politics: Studies in Ancient Greek History, P. Flensted-Jensen, T. Nielsen, and
L. Rubinstein,edd. (Copenhagen 2000) 479-506

34) "Open Texture in Athenian Law,"DIKE 3 (2000) 27-79.

35) "How to Kill in Attic Greek"Symposion 1997: Vorträge zur griechischen und
hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte ed. E. Cantarella and G. Thür (Cologne,
Weimar, and Vienna, 2001) 75-87.

36) Review-Discussion: A. Bresson, La cité marchande, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

37) "Workshop, Household and Marketplace" in Money, Land and Labour in Ancient
Greece, P. Cartledge, E. Cohen, and L. Foxhall, edd. (London 2002) 67-99.

38) "Did Solon Abolish Debt-Bondage?" Classical Quarterly 52.2 (2002) 415-30

39) "Law and Economy" online publication at

40) "Pheidippides the Legislator: A Note on Aristophanes' Clouds" Zeitschrift für
Papyrologie und Epigraphik 140 (2002) 3-5

41) "Antigone the Lawyer" in E. M. Harris and L. Rubinstein, eds., The Law and the
Courts in Classical Greece, 19-56.

42) "Le rôle de l'epieikeia dans les tribunaux athéniens," Revue historique de droit
français et étranger82 (2004) 1-14.

43) "More Thoughts on Open Texture in Athenian Law" in Nomos — estudos sobre
direito antigo, ed. D. Leao, D. Rosetti and M. Fialho (Coimbra 2004) 241-63.

44) "Did Rape Exist in Classical Athens? Further Thoughts on the Laws about Sexual Violence" in Dike 4: 41-83.

45) "Feuding or the Rule of Law? The Nature of Litigation in Classical Athens: An
Essay in Legal Sociology," in Symposion 2001: Vorträge zur griechischen und
hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte ed. by M. Gagarin and R. W. Wallace (Cologne Vienna, 2005) 125-42.

46) "Notes on a Lead Letter from the Athenian Agora" Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 104 (2004 [2005])

47) "Reply to Robert Wallace" forthcoming in Symposion 2003: Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte ed. by H.-A. Rupprecht (Cologne and Vienna, 2006) 67-71.

48) "Did the Athenian Courts Attempt to Achieve Consistency? Oral Tradition and Written Records in the Athenian Administration of Justice," The Politics of Orality, ed. C. Cooper (Leiden 2006) 343-70.

48) "Was All Criticism of Athenian Democracy Anti-Democratic?" in U. Bultrighini,
ed. Democrazia e Anti-Democrazia (Edizioni dell'Orso, Alessandria 2005): 11-24.

49) "Solon and the Spirit of Early Greek Law" forthcoming in Solon: New Perspectives,
ed. J. Blok and A. Lardinois (Leiden 2006)

50) "Reflections on the Judicial Oath" Dike 9 (2007) 157-81

51) "Who Enforced the Law in Classical Athens?" Symposion 2005: Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte ed. by E. Cantarella (Cologne and Vienna, 2007) 159-76.

52) "Response to Gerhard Thür" in Symposion 2007 (Vienna 2008), pp. 189-200.

53) "Two Notes on Legal Inscriptions" Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 167 (2008) 81-84.

54) "Wife, Marketplace and Household" forthcoming in Donne che contano, ed. U. Bultrighini (Alessandria)

55) "The Rule of Law and Military Organization" forthcoming in Symposion 2009 ed. G. Thür (Vienna)

56) "Yes and No in Women's Desire" forthcoming in Women's Desire in the Ancient World ed. S. Deacy and M. Bachvarova

57) "Sophocles and Athenian Law" forthcoming in The Blackwell Companion to Sophocles ed. K. Ormand (Blackwell, Oxford).

58) with M. Canevaro, "Three Documents in Andocides' On the Mysteries" forthcoming in Classical Quarterly

59) "Hypotheca in Roman Law" forthcoming in B. Legras, Transferts de droit dans le monde antique

60) "How to Address the Athenian Assembly" submitted for publication.

Articles in Reference Works

1) "Aeschines" in Ward W. Briggs, ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography (167): Greek
Authors (Detroit, Washington, London 1997) 3-7.

2-14) In The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History ed. S. Katz (Oxford 2009): "Ancient Greek Slavery," "Property (Greek Law)," "Prisons (Athens)," "Rape (Greek Law)," "Contracts (Greek Law)," "Commercial Law (Greek Law)," "Maritime Law (Greek Law)," "Public Crimes (Athens)," "Criminal Law (Athens)," "Punishment (Greek Law)," "Solon," "Graphe Paranomon," and "Judges (Greek Law)."

1) P. Millett, Lending and Borrowing in Ancient Athens, Classical Review 43
(1993) 102-7

2) Worthington, A Historical Commentary on Dinarchus, Bryn Mawr Classical
Review 5.2 (1994) 174-78

3) L. Migeotte, Les souscriptions publiques dans les cités grecques, Classical
Review 44 (1994) 224-26

4) C. Carey, ed. and trans., Apollodorus: Against Neaira, Classical Review 44
(1994) 21-23

5) R. Sealey, Demosthenes and his Time: A Study in Defeat, Classical Journal
91.1 (1995) 86-88

6) G. Doblhofer, Vergewaltigung in der Antike, Classical Review 46 (1996) 327-

7) de Bruyn, La compétence de l'Aréopage en matière de procès publics,
Classical Review 47.2 (1997) 351-53

8) M. J. Edwards, Greek Orators IV. Andocides, Classical Review 48 (1998) 18-21

9) A. Tulin, Dike Phonou: The Right of Prosecution and Attic Homicide Procedure
Classical World 92.4 (1999) 392

10) M. Christ, The Litigious Athenian, CR 50.2 (2000) 499-501

11) J. Ober, Dissent in Democratic Athens, CR 50.2 (2000) 509-11

12) K. Kapparis, Apollodoros 'Against Neaira' [D. 59], CJ 96.4 (2001) 439-41

13) E. Carawan, Rhetoric and the Law of Draco, CW 94.4 (2001) 401-2

14) D. Johnston, Roman Law in Context, CW 95.1 (2001) 83-4.

15) E. Cohen, The Athenian Nation, AHR (2002) 919-920

16) N. R. E. Fisher, Aeschines: Against Timarchos, CW 97.2 (2004) 217-8.

17) H. Yunis, Demosthenes: On the Crown, CJ forthcoming.

18) C. Reed, Maritime Traders in the Ancient Greek World, Ancient History Bulletin 19.1-2 (2006) 69-71.

19) P. Fröhlich, Le contrôle des magistrats dans les cités grecques, BMCR 2005

20) M. Gagarin and D. Cohen, The Cambridge Companion to Greek Law in Journal of Hellenic Studies 128 (2008) 215-16.

Grants and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University 1974

Wolfe Institute Fellowship – 1995-96

Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ – Fall 1998

Excellence in Teaching Award – Brooklyn College 2002

NEH Research Grant for Study in Greece – 2004-5

Dissertations Directed

Frederick Naiden, Visual Sources in the Samian Logos of Herodotus. M.A. (CUNY) awarded 1995.

Maria Schoenhammer, The Athenian Coinage Decree. Ph. D. (CUNY) awarded 1995.

James Mulkin, A Commentary On Aeschines' Against Timarchus. Ph.D. (CUNY) awarded 1997.

Ellen Knopf, Contracts in the Athenian Orators. Ph.D. (CUNY) awarded 2005.

David M. Lewis, A Comparative Study of Slavery in Ancient Greece and the Near East. Durham University (ongoing).

Pierre Kirk, The Mental Element in Athenian Law. Durham University (ongoing)

Mirko Canevaro, The Documents in the Attic Orators. Durham University (ongoing)

Miklos Konczol, Legal Analysis in Greek Rhetorical Treatises. Durham University (ongoing)

Corinna Brunini-Cronin, Wives and Non-Wives in Athenian Law and Society. Durham University (ongoing)