Violence in Roman Egypt

Drawing on over a hundred papyrus petitions, one of the only sources of personal narrative from the Roman world, Ari Z. Bryen investigates how people living in Roman Egypt negotiated their relationships to local communities and the Empire through legal stories.

Violence in Roman Egypt
A Study in Legal Interpretation

Ari Z. Bryen

2013 | 376 pages | Cloth $75.00
Classics | Law
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Table of 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
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments