Thursday, September 4, 2014

Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece from Knowledge Unlatched

The first volume on antiquity to appear online in open access in the context of Knowledge Unlatched is now available: 
Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece

Authors: --- Book Series: Beiträge zur Altertumskunde ISSN: 16160452 ISBN: 9783110227369 9783110200591 Year: Pages: 475 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History

Abstract The oath was an institution of fundamental importance across a wide range of social interactions throughout the ancient Greek world, making a crucial contribution to social stability and harmony; yet there has been no comprehensive, dedicated scholarly study of the subject for over a century. This volume of a two-volume study explores the nature of oaths as Greeks perceived it, the ways in which they were used (and sometimes abused) in Greek life and literature, and their inherent binding power. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.--Provided by publisher. 
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The current system for publishing scholarly books is not working for anyone. Monographs in the humanities and social sciences, in particular, are in crisis.

Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing this. We believe that by working together libraries can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence. Supporting Open Access through Knowledge Unlatched will not cost more than simply purchasing a more traditionally published title.


  1. Dr. Jones: AWOL is now an indispensable instrument of work in the sciences of the ancient world. The scholars and other experts are truly grateful for your work. Dr. J. E. Meabe

  2. While this was the first Knowledge Unlatched title on ancient history, you might also want to take a look here: There's 50 more Open Access books available in OAPEN.

  3. Yes, thanks, And I have just updated the AWOL page for it: