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This chapter introduces the texts of two multilingual family archives that are the primary sources of information in this study for law and legal proceedings in the second-century Roman province of Arabia, and presents a cursory overview of the most conspicuous legal aspects that testify to both continuity and change at the transition from Nabataean kingdom to Roman province of Arabia. The encounter between the law of the new dominating power in the region and the persisting legal traditions of the indigenous population calls for an investigation of the relationship between the two. The chapter then explains the treatment of the documents in this context, dealing with matters of terminology, method, sources and legal detailing.

Keywords: Babatha; Roman law; Salome Komaise archive



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