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Language And References To Law

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This chapter investigates in what way papyri refer to the applicable law and whether the manner of referring to law changes after the Roman conquest. Each papyrus under discussion presents a case study of the references to law in (a) document(s) of a certain type. The overview shows that the use of languages can partly be related to the background of the parties. If we accept that Greek became the predominant language for legal documents after a given moment, we cannot relate the use of language to the background of the parties after that point. Unlike the references to law and the descriptions of rights and legal positions, the other indications of the applicable law do not see to contents of the legal act but that arrange for legal matters that can be qualified as formal.

Keywords: language; P.Yadin; papyrus; Roman law



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