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adoption

adoption  

In the heroic monomyth, the divine child is often adopted by menials or animals after being abandoned or threatened in some way. Oedipus, Sigurd (Siegfried), Krishna, Cybele, and Romulus and Remus ...
adultery

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The way in which religions have played so vital a role in the protection of what would now be recognized as gene-replication and the nurture of children has contributed to ...
Cnossus (Greek and Roman)

Cnossus (Greek and Roman)  

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A town on Crete. It flourished from the 9th to the 6th cent., to judge from the evidence of large numbers of tombs (protogeometric to orientalizing periods), but seems to ...
code

code  

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N.A complete written formulation of a body of law, (e.g. the Code Napoléon in France). A code of English law does not exist, but a few specialized topics have been dealt with in this way by means of ...
Crete

Crete  

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A Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean, noted for the remains of the Minoan civilization which flourished there in the 2nd millennium bc.Cretan bull the bull captured by Hercules as the seventh ...
endogamy

endogamy  

[De]A system in which an individual may only marry another person from within the same kin group, clan, or tribe.
family

family  

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Family bible a bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events.the family that prays together, stays together motto ...
infanticide

infanticide  

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The killing of a newborn child, which in some societies (as in ancient Greece, by exposure) has in certain circumstances been sanctioned; in law, the crime of a mother killing her child within a year ...
inheritance

inheritance  

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Unlike all other law codes from the ancient Middle East, widows in Israel could not inherit property from deceased husbands, and daughters only inherited if there were no sons. Hence Naomi's cry of ...
Labyrinth

Labyrinth  

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In Greek mythology, the intricate maze constructed by Daedalus for the Cretan king Minos to house the Minotaur; Theseus, using a ball of thread, made his way through its passages to kill the monster.
law in Greece

law in Greece  

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Classical Athenian law (see law and procedure, athenian) is well documented from the Attic Orators (c.420–320 bc): over 100 lawcourt speeches survive, though we rarely hear the result or even the ...
legislation

legislation  

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N.1 The whole or any part of a country's written law. In the UK the term is normally confined to Acts of Parliament, but in its broadest sense it also includes law made under powers conferred by Act ...
Mesara

Mesara  

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Region in southern central Crete that flourished in the Bronze Age. One of the most fertile parts of Crete, this flat alluvial plain is about 50 km east–west, but never ...
property

property  

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N.Anything that can be owned. A distinction is made between real property (land and incorporeal hereditaments) and personal property (all other kinds of property) and between tangible property (that ...
punishment

punishment  

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N.A penalty imposed on a defendant duly convicted of a crime by an authorized court. The punishment is declared in the sentence of the court. The two basic principles governing punishment are * ...
Scopas

Scopas  

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Parian sculptor and architect, active c. 370–330 bc. Specializing in younger divinities, he was reckoned among the three principal Greek ‘sculptors of gods’ (ἀγαλματοποιοί) and ‘sculptors of men’ ...

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