Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

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Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

Format:  Hardcover,

427 pages

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

Publish Date: Nov 2011

ISBN-13: 9780199599615

ISBN-10: 0199599610

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This book examines the contribution that petitioning and litigation made to the maintenance of the social order in Roman Egypt between 30 BC and AD 284. Through the analysis of the many hundreds of documents surviving
on papyrus, especially petitions, reports of court proceedings, and letters, Kelly focuses on how the legal system achieved its formal goals (that is, the resolution of disputes through judgments), and discusses in detail the contribution made by the litigation process to informal methods of social control. With particular emphasis on the roles that this process played in the transmission of political ideologies, in the maintenance of family solidarity, and in the fostering of 'private' mechanisms of dispute resolution, the book argues that although the legal system was less than successful when judged by its formal aims, it did have a real social impact by contributing indirectly to some of the informal mechanisms that ensured order in this province of the Roman Empire. However, arguing that, on occasion, one can also see petitioning and litigation being abused for the pursuit of feud and vengeance, Kelly also recognizes that the social impacts of petitioning and litigation were multifaceted, and in some senses even contradictory.

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Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9780199599615
ISBN-10: 0199599610
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 427
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgementsp. viii
List of Tablesp. x
Notes for Readersp. xi
Glossaryp. xiv
Mapsp. xviii
Introductionp. 1
Petitions and Social Historyp. 38
Legal Control in Roman Egyptp. 75
Who Used the Justice System?p. 123
Political Ideologies in the Legal Realmp. 168
Hierarchy and Group Solidarityp. 210
Private Dispute Resolution and the Shadow of the Lawp. 244
Vexatious and Vexing Litigationp. 287
Conclusionsp. 327
Petitions Involving Disputesp. 334
Petitions without Disputesp. 365
Reports of Proceedingsp. 368
Bibliographyp. 381
Index Locorump. 405
General Indexp. 421

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This book examines the contribution that petitioning and litigation made to the maintenance of the social order in Roman Egypt between 30 BC and AD 284. Through the analysis of the many hundreds of documents surviving

on papyrus, especially petitions, reports of court proceedings, and letters, Kelly focuses on how the legal system achieved its formal goals (that is, the resolution of disputes through judgments), and discusses in detail the contribution made by the litigation process to informal methods of social control. With particular emphasis on the roles that this process played in the transmission of political ideologies, in the maintenance of family solidarity, and in the fostering of 'private' mechanisms of dispute resolution, the book argues that although the legal system was less than successful when judged by its formal aims, it did have a real social impact by contributing indirectly to some of the informal mechanisms that ensured order in this province of the Roman Empire. However, arguing that, on occasion, one can also see petitioning and litigation being abused for the pursuit of feud and vengeance, Kelly also recognizes that the social impacts of petitioning and litigation were multifaceted, and in some senses even contradictory.

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