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Adriaan Lanni, The Homicide Courts and the Dikasteria: A Paradigm Not Followed, 41 Greek, Roman, & Byzantine Stud. 311 (2002).

Abstract: The Athenians praised the Areopagus and the other homicide courts as the city's finest tribunals, seeing in their unusual procedures, particularly the relevancy rule, a greater emphasis on legal argument and less vulnerability to influence by the emotional appeals or social standing of litigants. A distinctive conception of justice, and not only elite competition or social drama, was thus a part of Athenian judicial practice.