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The Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece

Ephebic_OathThe Oath Project is an ongoing research project at the University of Nottingham, directed by Professor Alan Sommerstein and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. As the oath was a fundamental institution in ancient Greece, creating a binding force in almost every level of social interaction, oaths appear throughout sources from the time period, and the Project's main goal was to create a survey of all oaths from the Archaic period through the death of Alexander the Great. The main result of this effort was the Oath Database, authored primarily by team members Isabelle Torrance and Andrew Bayliss under the direction of Alan Sommerstein, while the whole Project team continues to work on analysis and publications based around that survey.

Lynn Kozak was a research student on the Oath Project. She contributed work on Homeric oaths to the Oath Database and will be contributing sections on Literary Characterisation and Oaths, Achilles' Oaths in the Iliad, Trust Among Warriors in Greek Epic and Tragedy, and The Oath of Plataia and the Peace of Nikias to the Project's forthcoming monograph, The Oath in Archaic and Classical Greece, which will be published in the Beiträge zur Altertumskunde series in two volumes in 2012.

The Oath website link: here
Direct database link: here