Hierarchy and Group Solidarity

Benjamin Kelly

in Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599615
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731525 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Hierarchy and Group Solidarity

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This chapter examines cases in which people submitted petitions on behalf of other people, or on behalf of a group of which they were a part. It argues that the act of petitioning served to reinforce the solidarity of the family. This act also sometimes reinforced bonds both between employers and employees, and those within other networks of patronage and dependence. Moreover, the act of petitioning tended to reinforce hierarchies within small groups and networks, especially gender hierarchies. The cases in which women petitioned in their own names are also discussed.

Keywords: hierarchy; solidarity; family; women; patronage; small groups

Chapter.  14410 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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