Dikai in the Chôra: Another Perspective of Mélèze-Modrzejewski’s’ Politikoi Nomoi

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P. Gur. 2 = Sel. Pap. II 256 = CPJ·I 19 (226 BCE, Krokodilôn Polis, Arsinoitês), published in 1921, contains a section of a royal diagramma, a decree that prescribes to judges in the Greek court of the dikastêrion what legal sources they should consider in their verdicts. The judges should first and foremost apply the king’s own diagrammata, but if those diagrammata do not feature any relevant instructions, judges should adduce two alternative sources: first, the politikoi nomoi, and second, if the polikitoi nomoi record no relevant regulation(s) either, “the most righteous view.”¹ For students of Classical law, the
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposion 2017
Subtitle of host publicationVorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte (Tel Aviv, 20.-23. August 2017)
EditorsGerhard Thür, Uri Yiftach, Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz
Place of PublicationWien
PublisherVerlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783700183808, 3700183801
StatePublished - 2018


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