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[1] Nomos, nomoi

(ὁ νόμος/ho nómos, pl. οἱ νόμοι/hoi nómoi).

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A. General

In Greek, nómos (pl. nómoi) refers to customary conduct or a behavioural norm observed by members of a community; depending on the context it can be translated with ‘custom’, ‘habit’, ‘practice’, ‘rule’, ‘order’, ‘institution’, ‘constitution’, ‘law’ etc. (cf. [1. 20-54; 2. 14-19]). The size of the communities where a nómos applied could vary considerably: fro…

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Siewert, Peter (Vienna), Ameling, Walter (Jena), Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin), Robbins, Emmet (Toronto) and Klose, Dietrich (Munich), “Nomos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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