Crime and Adultery in Ancient Egypt

  title={Crime and Adultery in Ancient Egypt},
  author={Christopher Eyre},
  journal={The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology},
  pages={105 - 92}
  • C. Eyre
  • Published 1 August 1984
  • Geography
  • The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
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For the legal context cf
  • Allam, Or. An
  • 1977
For analysis of the functions of the tribunal see Theodorides
  • RIDA
  • 1969
zs-6 = 0. Gardiner I 57· For the relevant local texts concerning subsistence and divorce see Allam
  • GM IO (I974)
  • 1963
I22. 72 8, 12; the doubt here is whether lrl s-l}mt should be translated as 'marry' or 'seduce', in which case the passage is a warning against adultery: see Pestman, op. cit. 57 n. x; Stricker
  • OMRO
  • 1958
The Glory of the Pharaohs
102 To some extent a similar argument can be put forward that a confession was required in a criminal case
    Ch. I
      Feudal Society (trans. L.A. Manyon, 1982 pb. reprint of 1962 edn
        Gerichtsbarkeit'; and cf. Parant in Le Droit egyptien ancien, 25-55, on the inapplicability of the concepts of 'guilt' and 'innocence'. 9 ' On the significance of public opinion see Theodorides
        • op. cit