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Law In Ancient Egypt

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This introduction to law in ancient Egypt is the first comprehensive overview of the subject written from the perspective of someone trained as an American lawyer who is also familiar with the discipline of Egyptology. The book will be of interest to Egyptologists, legal historians, law students, and educated non-specialists who are interested in the interaction of law, hi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2002 by Carolina Academic Press
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Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is unique in that it describes an ancient legal system and uses modern legal notions to structure its content. It is deficient in a number of important respects: the author is not an Egyptologist but rather a law professor, the text does not cite important Egyptological sources in German and French, and it can be criticized for inappropriately presenting ancient legal ideas as if they reflected 20th-century notions.

"A History of Near Eastern Law" (edited by Raymond Westbrook, publishe
Paul Callister
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone intested in ancient law.
Shelves: legahistory
A treat to read on law in ancient Egypt. This is a truly interdisciplinary book opening the doors to our understanding of law in a world very dependent upon scribal classes to function. However, that dependency created a very stable system, even in the face of conquest. There are some interesting descriptions of the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, and early case where a peasant is made to repeat his claim (each time more eloquent) so that a broadening circle of officials hearing the matter may lea ...more
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