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  • The Department of Greek and Latin at University College London (UCL) is planning to host an international conference on 22-24 April 2015 on aspects of family law in the Ancient World. We are using the term ‘family law’ as a convenient label for the range of legislation by which states seek to regulate the behaviour of ‘families’ and their members, and to define the boundaries between private and public responsibility for such matters. We are operating with a broad conception of the Ancient World, embracing a range of Mediterranean and Near and Middle Eastern cultures from the earliest times to late antiquity (including Egyptian, Old and Neo-Assyrian, New Babylonian, Persian, Ugarit, Alalakh, Greek and Roman).
    Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Sophie Démare-Lafont (Paris), Prof. Edward Harris (Durham), Prof. Alberto Maffi (Milan), Prof. Paul Mitchell (UCL), Prof. Karen Radner (UCL), Prof. Lene Rubinstein (RHUL), and Prof. Jakub Urbanik (Warsaw).
    Papers (in English, French, German or Italian) will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion. They will cover the four broad themes outlined below.
    • Rights and obligations of kinship: legal obligations of parents (including ‘social parents’ such as guardians or stepparents) on the care and maintenance of children; legal obligations of children to care for elderly parents; extent of the state’s responsibility for the care and protection of vulnerable family members (e.g. widows, orphans, and the elderly); legal obligations for burial and commemorative rites.
    • Marriage/divorce/adultery: eligibility for marriage; definitions of incest; procedures for a legally valid marriage; laws on dowry and marital property; definitions and legal consequences of adultery; attitudes to monogamy and polygamy, and to concubinage and other informal relationships; legal provision and procedures for divorce.
    • Bastardy: distinctions between ‘legitimacy’ and ‘illegitimacy’ (bastardy); legal means of controlling or preventing illegitimate births (such as abortion or infanticide); ‘proof’ of legitimacy in cases of dispute; legitimation of children who were born illegitimate; legal relationship (including inheritance rights) between illegitimate children and their parents and other members of the birth family; effect of bastardy on civic status (citizenship, right to marry, right to own property, etc.).
    • Property and inheritance: definitions of individual versus family property; types of property that could be inherited; entitlement to own and inherit property (including women’s rights); importance of patrilineal succession and male precedence; testamentary freedom; adoption of an heir.
    Please feel free to contact us us with queries at this address
    Conference programme
    Conference Abstracts
    Conference booking here
    Conference organisers:
    Chris Carey (UCL)
  • Getzel Cohen, professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Cincinnati, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, after a severe illness. He will be sorely missed.
    Getzel joined the department of Classics in 1970. He taught ancient and especially Greek history to more than a generation of students. He specialized in the Hellenistic settlements after the conquest of the East by Alexander the Great. He published his major work on this in three volumes between 1995 and 2013 - a lifetime achievement (the second volume covers Egypt). Early in his career he participated in a summer school under the auspices of the American Society of Papyrologists, and he worked up two Oxyrhynchus papyri for publication (XLI 2973 and 2979). He later collaborated with colleagues in Leuven and Warsaw on A Judean-Syrian-Egyptian Conflict of 103-101 B.C. (Brussels 1989).
    In 2001 Getzel created the Tytus Visiting Scholars program, which he directed from its inception. About 175 Tytus scholars from around the world, including several papyrologists, have experienced his hospitality in Cincinnati. His interest in other people and his enthusiasm will long be remembered by me, his other colleagues, his students, the Tytus fellows, and everyone he came into contact with.

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    Il Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento, Lecce, organizza, dal 14 al 19
    settembre 2015, l’Ottavo Corso Libero di Restauro del Papiro. Il Corso si articolerà in una serie di lezioni teoriche ed esercitazioni pratiche su materiale papiraceo. Le lezioni si svolgeranno nell’aula 42 D di Palazzo Parlangeli, via V.M. Stampacchia, 45, Lecce.
    Al Corso possono iscriversi tutti coloro che sono variamente interessati alle tematiche
    della custodia, del trattamento e del restauro del papiro in epoca antica e moderna. La domanda di ammissione, corredata da un curriculum vitae completo di recapiti telefonici, va presentata entro e non oltre il 20 maggio 2015 al seguente indirizzo: 
    Prof. Mario Capasso, Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento, 
    Palazzo Parlangeli, via V.M. Stampacchia, 45, 73100
    Lecce, tel. +39 0832 294606; oppure via e-mail al seguente indirizzo:
    Gli ammessi al Corso dovranno versare la somma di € 250,00 sul seguente conto corrente
    bancario intestato al Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell’Università del Salento presso il
    Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Agenzia nr. 2 (filiale di Piazza S. Oronzo, Lecce): 
    c/c 606480.14;
    CIN: N; ABI: 01030; CAB: 16002; IBAN: IT 03N0103016 0020 0006 0648041; con la causale “Iscrizione all’VIII Corso Libero di Restauro del Papiro 2015”, entro e non oltre il 6 luglio 2015.
    Si prega di inviare alla e-mail mario.capasso@unisalento.it copia della ricevuta di versamento. La partecipazione al Corso Libero di Restauro dà diritto, per gli studenti del Corso di Laurea in Lettere, a 5 CFU. Sarà rilasciato un attestato di partecipazione alla Scuola. Sarà ammesso un numero limitato di partecipanti.
    Il Direttore del Corso
    Prof. Mario Capasso
  • Double Names and Elite Strategy in Roman Egypt
    Peeters, Leuven
    Studia Hellenistica, 54
    Authors:  Broux Y.
    Year: 2015
    ISBN: 978-90-429-3125-1
    Pages: VIII-317 p.
    Price: 94 EUR

    In this detailed study of double names in Egypt, Yanne Broux explores how the age-old tradition of polyonymy flourished under Roman rule. While in the Ptolemaic period double names were mainly bilingual and were thus connected to the concept of ethnicity, they underwent a significant change starting around the middle of the first century AD and culminating in the third. Broux argues that this shift from Ptolemaic Greek-Egyptian to Roman Greek-Greek double names was the outcome of two structures introduced by the Romans: the strict social hierarchy on the one hand, and the municipalization of the metropoleis, which led to the rise of the local elite, on the other. This resulted in a strong emphasis on Greek identity and descent, and double names lent themselves exceptionally well for this purpose. They bring to the fore the importance that the local elite attached to Greek identity and descent, and, perhaps as a wink to the (forbidden?) tria nomina, provided a means to distinguish their prominent bearers from the rest of the Egyptian population.