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Prof. Edward Harris

Emeritus Professor

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Emeritus Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History  


Edward Harris is Professor of Ancient History; he has published extensively on Athenian political history and institutions, Greek law and the economy of Ancient Greece. He has published Aeschines and Athenian Politics (New York and Oxford 1995) and Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens (Cambridge and New York 2006). He has co-edited with R. W. Wallace, Transitions to Empire, Essays in Greco-Roman History 360-146 B.C. (Norman OK 1996) and with Lene Rubinstein, The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece (London 2004). He is also translating Demosthenes 20-26 for the series The Oratory of Classical Greece edited by Michael Gagarin (Texas). He has been a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and NEH Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Research interests

  • Greek History
  • Greek Law
  • Economic History


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Harris, E., Leao, Delfim & Rhodes, Peter J. (2010). Law and Drama in Ancient Greece. London: Duckworth.
  • Harris, Edward M. & Thür, G. (2009). Symposion 2007: Akten der Gesellschaft für griechische und hellenistisch Rechtsgeschichte (Durham, 2-6 September 2007). Vienna.
  • Harris, Edward & Rubinstein, Lene (2004). The Law and the Courts in Ancient Greece. London: Duckworth.

Journal Article

  • Harris, Edward (2013). How to Address the Athenian Assembly: Rhetoric and Political Tactics in the Debate About Mytilene (Thuc. 3.37–50). The Classical Quarterly 63(1): 94-109.
  • Canevaro, Mirko & Harris, Edward (2012). The Documents in Andocides' On the Mysteries. Classical Quarterly 62(1): 98-129.
  • Harris, Edward (2004). Notes on a Lead Letter from the Athenian Agora. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 104.
  • Harris, E. (2004). Le rôle de l'epieikeia dans les tribunaux athéniens. Revue historique de droit français et étranger 82(1): 1-14.
  • (2002). Pheidippides the Legislator. A Note on Aristophanes Clouds. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik 140: 3-5.
  • Harris, Edward (2002). Did Solon Abolish Debt-Bondage? Classical Quarterly 52(2): 415-30.
  • Harris, Edward (2000). Open Texture in Athenian Law. Dike 3: 27-79.
  • Harris, Edward (1999). IG ii3 227 and the So-Called Peace of Epilycus. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik 126: 123-128.
  • (1999). Notes on the New Grain-Tax Law. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik 128: 269-272.
  • Harris, Edward (1997). A Note on the Constitution of the Five Thousand. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 116: 300.
  • (1994). Demosthenes Loses a Friend and Nausicles Gains a Position. A Prosopographical Note on Athenian Politics after Chaironea. Historia 43: 378-384.
  • (1986). How Often Did he Athenian Assembly Meet? Classical Quarterly 36: 363-377.