Department of Classics
Relief sculpture of battle scene in the Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy

The Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece

A research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and directed by Professor Alan Sommerstein, Department of Classics.


The project

The oath was an institution of fundamental importance across a wide range of social interactions throughout the ancient Greek world. Oaths are uttered, prescribed or referred to in almost every kind of literary or inscriptional text from archaic and classical Greece.


The Oaths database contains all references to oaths in Greek texts of all kinds from the earliest alphabetic inscriptions to 322 BC, the year of the death of Aristotle and the end of the classical Athenian democracy.  The project team produced a two-volume study, The Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece, as a result of the analysis and interpretation of the evidence.


Department of Classics

University of Nottingham
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