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RE-APPROACHING THE BABATHA ARCHIVE
Dr Kimberley Czajkowski
Wednesday 18 November 2020, at 4:00 pm (GMT)
The Cave of Letters in Israel’s Judean Desert has offered up a wealth of documentary evidence, including the rare archives of two families. These are commonly named after the Jewish women to whom most of the papyri belonged: Babatha and Salome Komaise.
These women lived in the village of Maoza on the southern coast of the Dead Sea in the Nabataean Kingdom and later Roman Arabia from 106 CE. Their administrative and legal papyri include deeds of sale and gift, marriage contracts, loans, census returns and disputes.
These few papyri have attracted huge scholarly interest over the years.
So why has the paperwork of these two women proved so important? And what is there still to learn from the Babatha archive? Join us to find out.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.
This lecture is held in conjunction with the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London, and will be held online via Zoom. Please email Mrs Sheila Ford to confirm your attendance at email@example.com; you will receive a Zoom link 48 hours ahead of the event.
About the Lecturer: Dr Kimberley Czajkowski is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research mainly focuses on the legal history of the Roman Near East, with broader interests in the history of the Jewish people, Roman law and Romanization. She is the author of Localized Law: The Babatha and Salome Komaise Archives (2017) and co-editor of Law in the Roman Provinces (2020).
EZRA’S LEGACY IN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Professor Charlotte Hempel
Thursday, 26 November 2020 (via Zoom)
FUZZY FRONTIERS AND FUNNY FAITHS
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 (via Zoom)
To be rescheduled
This special event is under development, and we expect it to take place in 2021; the venue and guest speakers will be announced in due course. Please check back again for more information.