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Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

Benjamin Kelly


This book examines the contribution that petitioning and litigation made to the maintenance of the social order in Roman Egypt (30 BC-AD 284). It does this by exploiting the many hundreds of legal documents surviving on papyrus, especially petitions, reports of court proceedings, and letters. The book focuses partly on how the legal system achieved its formal goals (that is, the resolution of disputes through judgments). But it also looks in detail at the contribution made by petitioning and litigation to informal methods of social control, with particular emphasis on the roles that these proc ... More

Keywords: petitions, litigation, Roman Egypt, social control, political ideologies, group solidarity, feud, vengeance, dispute resolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Kelly, author
Assistant Professor, Department of History, York University, Toronto