The archives of Babatha and Salome Komaise have become especially popular case studies of multi-legalism in antiquity. This paper re-examines the three very different marriage contracts from the archives to trace the methods by which knowledge of these different legal orderings could be transmitted within a small, recently annexed community. An emphasis is placed on the importance of preserving documents for the transmission of particular legal forms, and it is suggested that there may have been differences in how models of Jewish Aramaic and Greek contracts were kept and made available in this community. This is also set in the context of the effects of the newly arrived Roman power on the availability of different contractual forms.
|Title of host publication||Legal Engagement|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Reception of Roman Law and Tribunals by Jews and Other Inhabitants of the Empire|
|Editors||Katell Berthelot, Natalie Dohrmann, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman|
|Publisher||École Française de Rome|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 22 Jun 2019|
- legal knowledge
- legal pluralism