Consolidation of Law. Experiencing Ancient Documents

International Workshop

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 to Saturday, 2 December 2023


Käte Hamburger Kolleg (Iduna Building)
Room 7011 (7th floor)
Servatiiplatz 9
48143 Münster


Prof. Dr. Jakub Urbanik
Universität Warschau

Prof. Dr. Patrick Sänger
Universität Münster


by 14 November 2023

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The workshop aim is to examine one way of dealing with legal plurality: law consolidation, that is any attempt to order a multi-normative environment of an ancient polity. We want to explore the top down approach (attempts of consolidation pursued by the state or state-like authority: codifications, compilation, production of ordering principles), and the bottom-up pursuits of the ordinary users of law (informal collections of similar cases, handbook production, or scribal/notarial tradition). The method is a source-centred analysis, thus the invited speakers – researching broadly comprehended ancient civilisations – shall present sources and invite the audience to discuss them.


Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Venue: Studiobühne | Domplatz 23 | 48143 Münster

Jakub Urbanik (Warsaw)
Ἔθος, Circumcision, and the Egyptian Priests. On Law Application in Roman Egypt
(Altertumswissenschaftliches Forschungskolloquium)

20.00 | Reception in the foyer

Thursday, 30 November 2023

Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg | Room 7011 (7th floor)
Servatiiplatz 9 | 48143 Münster

Please note: Due to a cancelled lecture, the conference will not start until 9.45 a.m. on Thursday.

9.45–10.15 | Registration/Opening

Chair: Hans Beck (Münster)

Jack W. G. Schropp (Zurich)
Authentisch oder erfunden: Zur Konsolidierung der Klauseln im Friedensvertrag von 197/6 v. Chr. zwischen König Philipp V. von Makedonien und Rom

11.00–11.30 | Coffee break

Jan Trosien (Hamburg)
Consolidation of Law in 4th Century BC Athenian nomoi

Radosław Miśkiewicz (Warsaw)
Scrutinising the Law and the Legal Discourse in the 5th Century BCE Athens: The Case of Nikomachos and ἀναγραφεῖς τῶν νόμων

13.00–14.30 | Lunch break

Chair: Éva Jakab (Münster/Budapest)

Alexandra von Lieven (Münster)
Das juristische Lehrbuch Papyrus Berlin P 23757 rectoin seinem kulturellen Kontext

Charikleia Armoni (Cologne)
Φυγαδικαὶ οἰκονομίαι: zu einigen Regelungen in ptolemäischen Amnestiedekreten

16.00–16.30 | Coffee break

Patrick Sänger (Münster)
SB X 10494 and the ‘Great Judicial Diagramma‘ of Ptolemy II: Some Considerations

Uri Yiftach-Firanko (Tel Aviv)
Ὡς ἴδιον χρέος

19.30 | Conference dinner

Friday, 1 December 2023

Chair: Elsemieke Daalder (Münster)

Jakub Urbanik (Warsaw)
The So-called Instruction for the Supervisor of the Privy Purse: What Consolidation?

José Luis Alonso (Zurich)
Jurisdictional Discretion and Law Consolidation in Roman Egypt

11.00–11.30 | Coffee break

Thomas Kruse (Vienna)
Archive und die Konsoldierung des Rechts

Hilmar Klinkott (Kiel)
How to Govern an Empire? The Tomb Inscription of Darius I at Naqsh-i Rustam (DNb) as Legal Text

13.00–14.30 | Lunch break

Chair: Lutz Döring (Münster)

Yair Furstenberg (Jerusalem)
Rabbinic Consolidation of Diverse Marital Arrangements into a Coherent Marriage Law

Kim Czajkowski (Edinburgh)
P. Yadin 5: Language, Translation and ‘Consolidation’

16.00–16.30 | Coffee break

Maria Nowak (Warsaw/Bamberg)
Instrumenta publica: Registration of Land-Related Deeds in 6th Century Egypt

Lajos Berkes (Berlin)
The Authority of Imperial Law in Egypt after the Arab Conquest

18.30 | Dinner at the Kolleg

Saturday, 2 December 2023

Chair: Salvatore Marino (Münster/Naples)

Marzena Wojtczak (Warsaw)
A Property or an Entity? – Monasteries under the Sway of Imperial Legislation

Mario Varvaro (Palermo)
Das edictum perpetuum und die Konsolidierung des ius honorarium

Agnieszka Kacprzak (Radom/Graz)
Traditio: Causal or Abstract? Medieval Interpretations of Roman Texts

12.00–12.30 | Sandwiches and farewell

Young Researchers Colloquium

Venue: Forschungsstelle Papyrologie | Georgskommende 25 | 48143 Münster

with Georgios Gkogkolakis, Radosław Miśkiewicz, Wiktoria Saracyn, Mareike-Beatrice Stanke and Kacper Żochowski