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Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt$
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Benjamin Kelly

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599615.001.0001

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Political Ideologies in the Legal Realm

Political Ideologies in the Legal Realm

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(p.168) 5 Political Ideologies in the Legal Realm
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Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt
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Benjamin Kelly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599615.003.0005

This chapter is concerned with the impact of the legal system at the level of political ideology. The spectacle of the courtroom and the rhetoric of administrators served to reinforce the majesty and terror of the state. The rhetorical features of petitions also had ideological messages. These include: discourses concerning legal rationality and the rule of law; an image of officials (especially high officials) as euergetai (benefactors); and statements about the punishments inflicted by the laws. Petitions containing threats of flight from fiscal burdens (anachōrēsis) are also discussed.

Keywords:   political ideology, rationality, rule of law, terror, anachōrēsis, punishments

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