Violence in Roman Egypt

Violence in Roman Egypt PDF Author: Ari Z. Bryen
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812208218
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 376
Book Description
What can we learn about the world of an ancient empire from the ways that people complain when they feel that they have been violated? What role did law play in people's lives? And what did they expect their government to do for them when they felt harmed and helpless? If ancient historians have frequently written about nonelite people as if they were undifferentiated and interchangeable, Ari Z. Bryen counters by drawing on one of our few sources of personal narratives from the Roman world: over a hundred papyrus petitions, submitted to local and imperial officials, in which individuals from the Egyptian countryside sought redress for acts of violence committed against them. By assembling these long-neglected materials (also translated as an appendix to the book) and putting them in conversation with contemporary perspectives from legal anthropology and social theory, Bryen shows how legal stories were used to work out relations of deference within local communities. Rather than a simple force of imperial power, an open legal system allowed petitioners to define their relationships with their local adversaries while contributing to the body of rules and expectations by which they would live in the future. In so doing, these Egyptian petitioners contributed to the creation of Roman imperial order more generally.

At Home in Roman Egypt

At Home in Roman Egypt PDF Author: Anna Lucille Boozer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108830927
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 350
Book Description
This book draws together a wide range of evidence across disciplines to show how the ordinary people of Roman Egypt experienced and enacted change.

Soldier and Society in Roman Egypt

Soldier and Society in Roman Egypt PDF Author: Richard Alston
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134664761
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 272
Book Description
The province of Egypt provides unique archaeological and documentary evidence for the study of the Roman army. In this fascinating social history Richard Alston examines the economic, cultural, social and legal aspects of a military career, illuminating the life and role of the individual soldier in the army. Soldier and Society in Roman Eygpt provides a complete reassessment of the impact of the Roman army on local societies, and convincingly challenges the orthodox picture. The soldiers are seen not as an isolated elite living in fear of the local populations, but as relatively well-integrated into local communities. The unsuspected scale of the army's involvement in these communities offers a new insight into both Roman rule in Egypt and Roman imperialism more generally.

Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt PDF Author: Benjamin Kelly
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019161887X
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 420
Book Description
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.

Hellenistic and Roman Egypt

Hellenistic and Roman Egypt PDF Author: Roger S. Bagnall
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754659068
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 336
Book Description
This second collection by Roger Bagnall brings together a further two dozen of his studies, this time covering Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Egypt, published over the last thirty years. Many of the articles deal with issues of historical and papyrological method: the restoration of papyrus texts, the direction of archaeological work in Egypt, economic models for Roman Egypt, the usefulness of postcolonial theory, and approaches to the defective literary tradition for the Library of Alexandria. Others concentrate on particular bodies of evidence, ranging from inscriptions to ascetic literature, from registers to women's letters.

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt PDF Author: Christina Riggs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199571457
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 791
Book Description
This handbook, arranged in seven thematic sections, is unique in drawing together many different strands of research on Roman Egypt, in order to suggest both the state of knowledge in the field and the possibilities for collaborative, synthetic, and interpretive research.

Violence, Law, and Society in Roman and Late Antique Egypt

Violence, Law, and Society in Roman and Late Antique Egypt PDF Author: Ari Z. Bryen
Category : Criminal law (Egyptian law)
Languages : en
Pages : 586
Book Description

The Topography of Violence in the Greco-Roman World

The Topography of Violence in the Greco-Roman World PDF Author: Werner Riess
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472119826
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 416
Book Description
What soldiers do on the battlefield or boxers do in the ring would be treated as criminal acts if carried out in an everyday setting. Perpetrators of violence in the classical world knew this and chose their venues and targets with care: killing Julius Caesar at a meeting of the Senate was deliberate. That location asserted Senatorial superiority over a perceived tyrant, and so proclaimed the pure republican principles of the assassins. The contributors to The Topography of Violence in the Greco-Roman World take on a task not yet addressed in classical scholarship: they examine how topography shaped the perception and interpretation of violence in Greek and Roman antiquity. After an introduction explaining the “spatial turn” in the theoretical study of violence, “paired” chapters review political assassination, the battlefield, violence against women and slaves, and violence at Greek and Roman dinner parties. No other book either adopts the spatial theoretical framework or pairs the examination of different classes of violence in classical antiquity in this way. Both undergraduate and graduate students of classics, history, and political science will benefit from the collection, as will specialists in those disciplines. The papers are original and stimulating, and they are accessible to the educated general reader with some grounding in classical history.

Sex and the Ancient City

Sex and the Ancient City PDF Author: Andreas Serafim
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110695790
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 551
Book Description
This volume aims to revisit, further explore and tease out the textual, but also non-textual sources in an attempt to reconstruct a clearer picture of a particular aspect of sexuality, i.e. sexual practices, in Greco-Roman antiquity. Sexual practices refers to a part of the overarching notion of sexuality: specifically, the acts of sexual intercourse, the erogenous capacities and genital functions of male and female body, and any other physical or biological actions that define one’s sexual identity or orientation. This volume aims to approach not simply the acts of sexual intercourse themselves, but also their legal, social, political, religious, medical, cultural/moral and interdisciplinary (e.g. emotional, performative) perspectives, as manifested in a range of both textual and non-textual evidence (i.e. architecture, iconography, epigraphy, etc.). The insights taken from the contributions to this volume would enable researchers across a range of disciplines – e.g. sex/gender studies, comparative literature, psychology and cognitive neuroscience – to use theoretical perspectives, methodologies and conceptual tools to frame the sprawling examination of aspects of sexuality in broad terms, or sexual practices in particular.

Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Papyrologists, Copenhagen, 23-29 August, 1992

Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Papyrologists, Copenhagen, 23-29 August, 1992 PDF Author: International Congress of Papyrologists
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
ISBN: 9788772892641
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 631
Book Description
79 articles in English, French, German and Italian from a congress held in Copenhagen from the 23th-29th August 1992. All the papers deal with subjects within Greek, Latin or Demotic papyrology and the history of Egypt under Greek and Roman rule.