Title

Pericles the younger and the citizenship law

Abstract

Pericles' law of 451/0 would have denied citizenship to his son by Aspasia. Scholars have generally supposed that citizenship was granted by decree, as a privilege for Pericles alone. This paper argues instead that the citizenship law was amended in 430/29, allowing a father to adopt his nothos if he had no surviving gnësioi. This adaptation urns overshadowed by developments after 413, canceled in 403/2 and obscured by dubious testimony in late antiquity.

Department(s)

Modern and Classical Languages

Document Type

Article

Stable URL

https://www.jstor.org/stable/30038002

Publication Date

4-1-2008

Journal Title

Classical Journal

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