The Autumn semester of the Ancient Law reading group will be dedicated to the interaction of Roman law with that of other cultures and societies. Topics will be drawn from the geographical, social and temporal fringes of the Roman empire.
7 October, Wednesday 5-6pm (Sam Alex A104)
Petitioning in Graeco-Roman Egypt (Will Mundy)
18 November, Wednesday 5-6pm (Sam Alex A104)
Selling your children into slavery within the Roman Empire (Ben Pliener)
2 December, Wednesday 5-6pm (Sam Alex A104)
From the Corpus Juris to Ottoman law (Colin Imber)
We are particularly interested in any points of comparison and contrast between the legal thought (and implications thereof) of different societies and we encourage all approaches (e.g. philosophical, legal, socio-historical, philological, literary). The topics promise a fertile ground for comparative discussions – people with a research interest in other ancient legal cultures are encouraged to join.
The sessions require no prior preparations from the participants. A typical session involves the close reading of a short passage with the session leader orchestrating the discussion and introducing the participants to the linguistic and methodological issues of his field.
The reading group is open to all.