Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age

Georgy Kantor

in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Local Courts of Chersonesus Taurica in the Roman Age

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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

Chapter.  9823 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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