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Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest
A Selection of Papyrological Sources in Translation, with Introductions and Commentary


  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108464314

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  • The study of ancient law has blossomed in recent years. In English alone there have been dozens of studies devoted to classical Greek and Roman law, to the Roman legal codes, and to the legal traditions of the ancient Near East among many other topics. Legal documents written on papyrus began to be published in some abundance by the end of the nineteenth century; but even after substantial publication history, legal papyri have not received due attention from legal historians. This book blends the two usually distinct juristic scholarly traditions, classical and Egyptological, into a coherent presentation of the legal documents from Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the late Byzantine periods, all translated and accompanied by expert commentary. The volume will serve as an introduction to the rich legal sources from Egypt in the later phases of its ancient history as well as a tool to compare legal documents from other cultures.

    • Assembles an important and extensive collection of legal documents from the later history of ancient Egypt
    • Provides expert analysis of legal documents and the development of private contracts in Egypt
    • Concentrates more on law as practised than law as legislation, thereby enabling readers to see law in action 'on the ground'
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108464314
    • length: 649 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 2 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and historical framework
    2. The historical development of the form, content and administration of legal documents
    3. The languages of law
    4. The family
    5. Capital
    6. Sale
    7. Leases
    8. Labor
    9. Slavery and dependency in Greco-Roman Egypt
    10. The judiciary system in theory and practice.

  • Editors

    James G. Keenan, Loyola University, Chicago
    James G. Keenan is Professor of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

    J. G. Manning, Yale University, Connecticut
    J. G. Manning is the Simpson Professor of Classics and History at Yale University, Connecticut.

    Uri Yiftach-Firanko, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Uri Yiftach-Firanko is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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