Staff in Classics
Dr Kimberley Czajkowski
DPhil, MSt, MLitt, MA (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer; Ancient History
Classics Graduate Officer
Programme Director: PhD Classics, MSc by Research Classics
Programme Director (Semester 2 2020 only): MSc in Classics, MSc in Ancient History, MSc in Classical Art & Archaeology
I was first sucked in to the ancient world when I studied Latin at school, and my interests soon broadened from there. During my undergraduate degree (Literae Humaniores, Oxford, 2006-10) I became more interested in religions in the ancient world and the intersection of Jewish and Roman history. I developed this further during a MLitt in Ancient History at St Andrews (2010-11), which then led to my taking a MSt in Jewish Studies (2011-12) back at Oxford. I stayed on for my DPhil Ancient History (2012-14), before moving to Germany for a couple of years, where I was a post-doc at the University of Muenster (2014-16). I joined the department at Edinburgh in 2016.
Review Editor of STRATA
External Examiner (Ancient History UG and PG), University of St Andrews
Corresponding Member of the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, University of St Andrews
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Near East
- Ancient Civilisations
My research interests lie in the history of the Near Eastern provinces under the Roman Empire. I often focus on the legal history of this region, though I also have broader interests in related themes, including the history of the Jewish people, Roman law and ‘Romanization’.
Current research activities
My first book was pubished with OUP in 2017, on the Babatha and Salome Komaise archives: the legal and administrative documents that belonged to two women who lived in the early second century CE. The monograph draws on legal-pluralism theories to reinterpret the practicalities of getting one’s legal business done in the early days of the new province of Roman Arabia.
I have since published on aspects of the operation of law in the Roman empire more broadly. A volume co-edited with my colleague at Edinburgh, Benedikt Eckhardt, Law in the Roman Provinces, will be published with Oxford University Press this year, and brings together contributions on the operation of law in every region of the empire. We have also just finished writing up a short co-authored monograph on Nicolaus of Damascus and Herod the Great.
My next project will then look at Alternative Dispute Resolution across the Roman Empire, examining how imperial inhabitants solved their disputes beyond official avenues.
Subhonours Courses 2019-2020:
Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (Course Organiser)
The Roman World 1b
Honours Courses 2019-2020:
Early Roman Egypt (Semester 1)
Roman Judaea (Semester 2)
Judaea under Roman Rule (Semester 2)
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2017. Localized Law: The Babatha and Salome Komaise Archives. Oxford Studies in Roman Society and Law. Oxford University Press.
2019. The Limits of Legal Pluralism in the Roman Empire. The Journal of Legal History 40:2, pp.110-129.
Co-authored with B. Eckhardt. 2018. Law, Status and Agency in the Roman Provinces. Past & Present 241, pp.3-31.
2017. Civil Strife, Power and Authority in the Judicial Sphere: A Case Study from Roman Palestine. Klio 99:2, pp.566-585.
2016. Justice in Client Kingdoms: The Many Trials of Herod’s Sons. Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 65:4, pp. 473–496
2016. Lost and Stolen Property at Qumran: The “Oath of Adjuration”. Journal for the Study of Judaism 47, pp. 88–103.
2015. Jewish Attitudes towards the Imperial Cult. Scripta Classica Israelica 34, pp. 181-94.
Articles in Edited Volumes:
In Press (forthcoming 2020). Legal Knowledge and its Transmission in Three Marriage Contracts from the Judaean Desert. In: K. Berthelot, N. B. Dohrmann and C. Nemo-Pekelman (eds.) Legal Engagement: The Reception of Roman Law and Tribunals by Jews and Other Inhabitants of the Empire. Rome: Ecole Française de Rome. (c. 10,000 words)
With B. Eckhardt. 2020. Introduction. In: K. Czajkowski and B. Eckhardt (eds.) Law in the Roman Provinces. Oxford: OUP, pp. 1-15.
2020. Law and Romanization in Judaea. In: K. Czajkowski and B. Eckhardt (eds.) Law in the Roman Provinces. Oxford: OUP, pp. 84-100.
2020. Law and Administration at the Edges of Empire: The Case of Dura-Europos. In: K. Czajkowski and B. Eckhardt (eds.) Law in the Roman Provinces. Oxford: OUP, pp. 115-133.
2019. Jewish Associations at Alexandria? In: B. Eckhardt (ed.), Private Associations and Jewish Communities in the Hellenistic and Roman Cities. JSJSup. Leiden: Brill, pp. 76-96.
2019. Law in the Babatha and Salome Komaise Archives: A New Approach. In: J. Frey and N. Rupschus (eds.) Frauen im antiken Judentum und frühen Christentum. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp. 107-115.
Forthcoming. Babatha. Oxford Classical Dictionary. (c.2,000 words)
Forthcoming, 2020. Review of: Olivier Hekster and Koenraad Verboven (eds), The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Gent, June 21–24, 2017) (Impact of Empire: Roman Empire 34). Leiden: Brill, 2019. Pp. Viii + 233, Illus. Isbn 9789004400450. €121.00. Journal of Roman Studies 110.
2017. Review of: Schwartz, Saundra. From bedroom to courtroom: law and justice in the Greek novel. Ancient narrative supplementum, 21. Groningen: Barkhuis; Groningen University Library, 2016. xiii, 270 p. € 90.00. ISBN 9789492444080. Bryn Mawr Classical Review.