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Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt$
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Benjamin Kelly

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599615.001.0001

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Hierarchy and Group Solidarity

Hierarchy and Group Solidarity

(p.210) 6 Hierarchy and Group Solidarity
Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

Benjamin Kelly

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines cases in which people submitted petitions on behalf of other people, or on behalf of a group of which they were a part. It argues that the act of petitioning served to reinforce the solidarity of the family. This act also sometimes reinforced bonds both between employers and employees, and those within other networks of patronage and dependence. Moreover, the act of petitioning tended to reinforce hierarchies within small groups and networks, especially gender hierarchies. The cases in which women petitioned in their own names are also discussed.

Keywords:   hierarchy, solidarity, family, women, patronage, small groups

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