Lex and the City: Roman Law, Local Law and the Case of Dionysia (P.Oxy. II.237, c. 186CE)

15 November 2011, 16:00 - 17:30

King’s College, Rylands Seminar Room

Dr Caroline Humfress  (Birkbeck, History/Classics)

In the last decade or so modern lawyers, anthropologists and sociologists have developed new frameworks and methodologies that seek to explore how law is taken up, as well as how law is laid down. Focusing on a case-study from late second-century Roman Egypt, my paper develops some of this recent work with reference to the 'reception' and 'practice' of Roman law in the provinces (c.130-430CE). Roman archaeologists and historians of material culture, for example, continue to debate whether ‘postcolonial theory’ can be used to interpret evidence from both the Early and Later Roman Empire; can postcolonial legal theory help us to develop new approaches to 'Classical' and 'Postclassical' Roman law? And what can the practice of Roman law in the first five centuries AD tell us more generally about the shaping of law as both 'local knowledge' and 'placeless principle'?


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