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Localized Law: The Babatha and Salome Komaise Archives

Kimberley Czajkowski


In the early second century CE, two Jewish women, Babatha and Salome Komaise, lived in the village of Maoza on the southern coast of the Dead Sea. Formerly part of the Nabataean Kingdom, it came under direct Roman rule in 106 CE. Their paperwork survives and is remarkable in its legal diversity. Nabataean, Roman, ‘Hellenic’, and Jewish legal elements are all in evidence, often combined within a single papyrus. Consequently, identifying the supposed ‘operative law’ of the documents has proven a highly contentious task: scholarly advocates of each of these traditions have failed to reach any tru ... More

Keywords: law, papyrus, Jewish, woman, Roman law, legal culture, Roman rule, Nabataean Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777335
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberley Czajkowski, author
Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh