Vexatious and Vexing Litigation

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

Vexatious and Vexing Litigation

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This chapter examines the use of the legal process for vexatious purposes, and the cases in which petitioning and litigation served to escalate rather than ameliorate existing disputes. It begins by examining the discourse of ‘vexatious litigation’ in the papyrological evidence. It then looks at the question of delation, arguing that this is only rarely evidenced, and connected mostly with cases which had a fiscal element and/or were relevant to the interests of the idios logos. Finally, the chapter argues that some parties appear to have used the law not to bring disputes to an end and restore relationships, but to pursue hatred, vengeance, and even feud.

Keywords: vexatious litigation; delation; idios logos; hatred; vengeance; feud

Chapter.  16847 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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