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Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical PolisFourth Century BC to Second Century AD$
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Paraskevi Martzavou and Nikolaos Papazarkadas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199652143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652143.001.0001

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Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age

Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age

(p.69) 5 Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age
Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Georgy Kantor

Oxford University Press

A decree of Chersonesus Taurica, found by R. Loeper in 1908, but only published by I. Makarov in 2005, throws significant new light on the operation of local courts in the mid-first century ad and on the history of Chersonesus in that period. The decree deals with the reform of the local jury-courts (whose survival into the Roman period has not been previously attested), necessitated by the lack of eligible jurors. Some of the provisions of the new model seem to be taken over from the Roman practice on the initiative of the Chersonesites themselves, without any intervention of the Roman authorities. The first part of this chapter includes the text with some new textual suggestions. The second part is concerned with the significance of the new provisions for jury-courts and with their implications for legal history of the Greek East under Rome.

Keywords:   Chersonesus Taurica, courts, decree, Greek East, jurors, legal history, Rome

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