Legal History Event – Glasgow

From our colleagues in Glasgow, notice of the following event:

On 17 March 2017 at 5.00 pm, Lucinda Kirby of the University of Liverpool, presently holding the post of Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher at the University of Glasgow, will speak on:

Public doctors and the law in fourth century Egypt

The event will take place in room 207, 10 The Square, University Avenue, The University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ. All are welcome.

If you wish to attend the dinner afterwards, please reply to Prof E. Metzger as soon as possible, at

Theorizing contacts in the Roman Empire

From our colleagues in Classics, the following conference announcement:

University of Edinburgh, 8-9 December 2017

We live in a multicultural world, in which every community develops in constant interaction with others. A series of theoretical models have been developed to explain these contacts, which in recent years have been utilized to understand the ancient world. In the context of the Roman empire, these theories are typically used to examine the interactions of various indigenous populations with their rulers. These kinds of studies were once grouped under the heading “Romanization”, though the increased questioning of the term’s validity has given rise to a diverse range of alternatives. These are often drawn from modern theoretical backgrounds: multiculturalism and multilingualism are two recent concepts employed in this realm.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

We invite scholars from a range of fields, including epigraphists and papyrologists, philologists, legal historians, and archaeologists to consider if and how the multiculturalism and multilingualismmodels can be applied in the following areas:

· Language: onomastics; ancient bilingualism; language preservation and change.
· Law: the interaction between native and Roman law; issues of status.
· Literature: the response of Roman and Greek authors to “others”.
· Art and visual culture: interactions of Roman and indigenous styles; religious and cult imagery.

Papers that consider the role of the individual within these topics are especially welcome.

Confirmed Speakers: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge), Alex Mullen (Nottingham), Olivia Elder (Cambridge), Christian Djurslev (Edinburgh)

Proposals: We welcome proposals from scholars at any stage of their career. PhD students, early career and independent researchers are highly encouraged to participate.

Papers will be 25 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. For your proposals please include title, name(s) of speaker(s), affiliation(s), an abstract of 300 words, and a select bibliography. Please send to

Posters on particular case-studies or specific concepts will be accommodated in a designated poster session and prizes will be awarded to the three best entries. Proposals for posters should have the same format as that of the papers. Please, use POSTER as the “Subject” of your email.

The deadline for all proposals (papers and posters) is 28th February.

For further information please contact the organizers: Kimberley Czajkowski ( and/or Andreas Gavrielatos (

Conference notification

Readers of our blog may be interested in this conference notification. The conference, jointly organised by a number of colleagues in Münster, also features Dr. Kimberley Czajkowski, recently appointed to a lectureship in Roman history at the University of Edinburgh, as one of the organisers. This blogger is looking forward to this conference!

We are delighted to announce an international conference on “Law in the Roman Provinces” which will take place at the University of Münster next month, funded by the Thyssen Foundation. The conference gathers together experts to discuss how law, Roman or otherwise, was transmitted, used, neglected and transformed from the late Republic until the late third century CE in all regions of the empire.

All are welcome, but for reasons of space we ask those interested to register with the organisers at

Law in the Roman Provinces

June 22–24, 2016

Hörsaalgebäude des Exzellenzcluster “Religion und Politik”, Raum JO 101

Johannisstraße 4, 48143 Münster

Organisers: Kimberley Czajkowski (Münster), Benedikt Eckhardt (Bremen), Meret Strothmann (Bochum)

Day One (22/06/2016)


14.00-14.15 Welcome from the Organisers

14.15-14.45 Peter Gußen (Bochum)

Introductory remarks

The Iberian Peninsula

14.45-15.30 John Richardson (University of Edinburgh)

Roman law or Roman legal practice? A review of the evidence from the Iberian peninsula


16.00-16.45 Meret Strothmann (University of Bochum)

Roman City-Laws of Spain and their Modelling of Religious Landscape

Fragments of the West

16.45-17.30 Paul du Plessis (University of Edinburgh)

Roman Law in Roman Britain


18.00-18.45 Benedikt Eckhardt (University of Bremen)

Roman Law as Imperial Restriction, Useful Tool and Symbol of Identity: A Guided Tour through the Danubian Provinces


Day Two (23/06/2016)


9.15-10.00 Ilias Arnaoutoglou (Academy of Athens)

An Outline of Legal Norms and Practices in Roman Macedonia (167 BC – AD 212)

10.00-10.45 Lina Girdvainyte (University of Oxford)

Law and Citizenship in Roman Achaia: Continuity and Change


11.15-12.00 Ioannis Tzamtzis (University of Ioannina)

Intégration et perception de la règle de droit romaine en Crète, de la conquête de l’île à la fin du principat (67 av. J.-C. – 235 ap. J.-C.)

12.00-12.45 Athina Dimopoulou (University of Athens)

Law in Roman Lesbos


Asia Minor

14.15-15.00 Klaus Zimmermann (University of Münster)

Title TBC

15.00-15.45 Ulrich Huttner (University of Siegen)

Rechts- und Lateinkenntnisse im kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien


North Africa

16.15-17.00 Anna Dolganov (University of Vienna)

nutricula causidicorum: The Forensic Profession in Roman Africa

17.00-17.45 Clifford Ando (University of Chicago)

The beginnings of public law in Roman North Africa


Day Three (24/06/2016)

Near East

9.00-9.45 Tiziana Chiusi (Saarland University)

Spuren des römischen Rechts in dem Archiv von Babatha

9.45-10.30 Kimberley Czajkowski (University of Münster)

On the Edges of the Empire: Law and Administration at Dura-Europos



11.00-11.45 Andrea Jördens (University of Heidelberg)

Aequum et iustum – Prinzipien römischer Provinzverwaltung

11.45-12.30 Jose Luis Alonso (University of the Basque Country)

The Constitutio Antoniniana and the Private Legal Practice in the Eastern Empire


14.00-14.45 Jakub Urbanik (University of Warsaw)

Title TBC


15.15-16.00 Anna Plisecka (University of Zurich)

Longi temporis praescriptio in der severischen Gesetzgebung

16.00-16.45 Uri Yiftach (Tel Aviv University)

Administrative Terminology in Roman Egypt: Continuity and Change


17.15-17.45 Conclusion

Ancient Law in Context – Workshop 6 – “Procedure”

Readers of this blog may be interested to know of the next ALC workshop to be held on January 29 – 30, 2016 in Edinburgh. Programme below:

Ancient Law in Context: Workshop 6

29 – 30 January 2016

University of Edinburgh



Friday 29 January


Venue: Old College [Neil MacCormick Room]

12.30 – 1pm: Arrival [Tea and Coffee]


Session 1


1 – 2pm: Jose Luis Alonso Rodriguez – “Etiam cum inique 

decernit: jurisdictional discretion in the Late Republic and the Early



2 – 3pm: Anna Dolganov – “Case-law and the work of judges in the Roman Empire.”


3 – 4pm: Jakub Urbanik – “Between arbitration and rescript procedure or the force of the imperial court.“


4 – 4.30pm: Tea, Coffee


4.30 – 5pm: Lina Girdvainyte – “C. Poppaeus Sabinus in Thessaly (IG IX 2.261, 15-35 CE): Territorial dispute resolution under Rome.”


5 – 5.30pm: Kimberley Czajkowski – “Trial narratives in Josephus.”


5.30pm – 6pm: Michael Crawford – “The Roman law of procedure, Ivo of Chartres, and the beginning of research on ancient slavery.”


6 – 7pm: Drinks


7.30 pm: Dinner at Ciao Roma


Saturday 30 January


Venue: HCA [G. 12, William Robertson Wing (The Old Medical School)]


9.30 – 10am: Tea, Coffee


Session 2


10 – 11am: Mirko Canevaro – “The Procedure of Demosthenes’ Against Leptines: How to Repeal (and Replace) an Existing Law.”


11 – 11.30am: Edward Harris – “The Legal Procedure of Demosthenes’ Against Meidias.”


11.30 – 12 noon: Pier Luigi Morbidoni – “Gaius, Inst. 3.55 and friends.”


12 noon – 12.30: Halcyon Weber – “Further thoughts on the existence of a ‘Liber quinquaginta decisionum.'”


12.30 – 1pm: Benedikt Eckhardt – “Manumissio per mensam.”


1pm: conclusion and lunch



Although this is a closed meeting, there are some spaces available for interested third parties wishing to join us for the sessions. Please email Paul du Plessis for more information.