Johann Jacob Bachofen, who argued that before patriarchy there was matriarchy, should not just be criticized for his ideas. He should be valued as a very brave legal scholar who dared to study mythology – a field beyond his own discipline.
Rome had all the good laws and Athens had all the good plays. So, a jurist may wonder what use the Greeks could be to him. But he would do well not to pass tragedy over: it is not only great fun but also a window into the history and nature of law.