Law, Greco-Roman Egypt

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In the Ptolemaic period, royal legislation had the ultimate legal authority. What the king decreed had to be followed, notwithstanding any conflicting provisions elsewhere. Yet no Ptolemaic king aimed at creating an exhaustive law code, covering all aspects of everyday legal activities, comparable to those available in Greek city-states: rather, in the sphere of private law, royal legislation focused on key issues, whose regulation was indispensable for the country's peace and prosperity, as well as for the administration of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Ancient History
EditorsRoger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine R. Huebner
Place of PublicationMalden, MA
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781444338386, 1444338382
ISBN (Print)9781405179355, 140517935X
StatePublished - 2012


  • Egyptian history
  • Greek history
  • Roman history


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