This book, part of a series aiming to investigate the legal
systems of ancient societies through a document-based,
comparative approach, focuses on the study of archives
and archival records and their interplay with the workings
of administrative and political systems.
The papers are arranged in four sections dealing with the
Ancient Near East, Classical Greece, the Persian Tradition
and the Hellenistic World, and the Roman Empire.
The themes touched upon chronologically span from the
early second millennium B.C. to the late Roman Empire
and geographically range from Mesopotamia to the
The archives considered, public and private, are conspicuous
for their variety and reflect diverse archival concepts and
traditions but a number of common patterns also emerge
in respect to their physical organization, to the classification
of texts, the function of record-keeping and the role of seals.
We are entitled to speak of a recurring ‘archival behaviour’.
Michele Faraguna is associate professor of Greek history
at the University of Trieste. His work has focused on Greek
political, administrative, economic, and legal history from
the Archaic age to early Hellenism.
He is the author of Atene nell’età di Alessandro. Problemi politici,
economici, finanziari (1992) in addition to many articles.
He edited Dynasthai didaskein. Studi in onore di Filippo Càssola
(2006) and Nomos despotes. Law and Legal Procedures in Ancient
Greek Society (2007).
He is a member of the Editorial board of the Encyclopedia of
Ancient History (2013). He is currently working, together with
Laura Boffo, on a book on public archives in the Greek cities.