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9 - Village Society

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 October 2022

Peter Thonemann
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This chapter is concerned with divine mediation and resolution of interpersonal disputes in Roman Hieradoumia. Secular disputes could be submitted to divine jurisdiction by the performance of one or other of two rituals, the setting up of a sceptre and/or the deposition of a pittakion in the sanctuary. Several different categories of low-level dispute are discussed: disagreements over the ownership of livestock; theft of other people’s money or belongings; the non-repayment of loans of money or goods; and disputes between family members, which could be extraordinarily acrimonious. Familial disputes fall into various predictable patterns, reflecting the underlying fault lines within the Hieradoumian kinship system which arise from the ambiguous status of older women within the Hieradoumian village household.

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The Lives of Ancient Villages
Rural Society in Roman Anatolia
, pp. 284 - 318
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Village Society
  • Peter Thonemann, University of Oxford
  • Book: The Lives of Ancient Villages
  • Online publication: 28 October 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009128452.010
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  • Village Society
  • Peter Thonemann, University of Oxford
  • Book: The Lives of Ancient Villages
  • Online publication: 28 October 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009128452.010
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  • Village Society
  • Peter Thonemann, University of Oxford
  • Book: The Lives of Ancient Villages
  • Online publication: 28 October 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009128452.010
Available formats
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