A Shared Grammar: Law and Legal Culture in Roman Egypt
Ari Bryen, Professor of History, West Virginia University
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2175 Classics Library Angell Hall Map
The legal history of Egypt tends to be written from one of two perspectives: as the history of "legal" - that is, state - institutions, and from the perspective of "dispute processing" - that is, how effectively these state institutions served local concerns. In other words, the state still plays a privileged role in our discussions of law. This paper tries to come at the problem in a different way: what would happen if we took a non-state view of law? Where would we look to understand the importance of law at the level of popular imagination? And what might the results of such an inquiry teach us about the shortcomings of our "state-centric" accounts?
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