Gortyn Code
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The term ‘Gortyn Code’ refers to the inscription found in the ruins of archaic Gortyn in Crete, which contains a law code from the 5th c. BCE.

The Gortyn Code is the most important legal document of ancient Greece and contains a set of laws concerning family and property in the Cretan society. The Code was inscribed on stones found in the ruins of the archaic Cretan city of Gortyn. The first column (nr. XI) was discovered by the Frenchman L. Thenon in 1857, but the complete discovery of the Code was made possible…

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Ines Calero Secall, “Gortyn Code”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000466>
First published online: 2013

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