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Greek Justice.

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  • Submitted: 22/12/2003
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Greek Justice

Apparently, then, injustice has the power, first, to make whatever it arises in - whether it is a city, a family, an army, or anything else - incapable of achieving anything as a unit because of the civil wars and differences it creates, and second, it makes that unit an enemy to itself and to what is in every way its opposite, namely, justice. (28)

Republic, Plato

Since the beginnings of civilization, the concept of Justice has been debated and argued, defined and redefined, molded and reshaped time and again. Wars and civil movements have begun because of conflicting definitions surrounding it. Countless governments have been planned and molded around each society's own interpretation of what it entails. It is altogether necessary for a functioning body of people in any situation. Given the enormous weight and import of justice, one might think a single, generalized explanation of the term would simplify virtually every aspect of modern life. But, as is the case with most integral human issues, the number of variations on justice is nearly equal to the amount of those who prescribe to its doctrine. Even in the reading of Pericles' Funeral

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