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Author Bryen, Ari Z.

Title Violence in Roman Egypt : a study in legal interpretation / Ari Z. Bryen
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (363 pages :) : illustrations
Series Empire and after
Empire and after.
Contents Introduction: The presentation of the self in everyday life -- Part I. The texture of the problem -- Chapter 1. Ptolemaios complains -- Chapter 2. Violent Egypt -- Chapter 3. Violence, modern and ancient -- Part II. From the language of pain to the language of law -- Chapter 4. Narrating injury -- Chapter 5. The work of law -- Chapter 6. Fission and fusion -- Conclusion. Nomos and its narratives -- Appendix A. The papyrus on the page -- Appendix B. Translations of petitions concerning violence -- List of papyri in checklist order
Summary "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."--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Criminal procedure (Egyptian law)
Criminal procedure (Roman law)
Victims of crimes -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Violence -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Violent crimes -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Egypt -- History -- 30 B.C.-640 A.D.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0812208218 (electronic bk.)
9780812208214 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)