New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World

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Paul J. du Plessis
Edinburgh University Press, 2013 - Social Science - 246 pages
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Headline: An interdisciplinary, edited collection on social science methodologies for approaching Roman legal sources.

Blurb: Roman law as a field of study is rapidly evolving to reflect new perspectives and approaches in research. Scholars who work on the subject are increasingly being asked to conduct research in an interdisciplinary manner whereby Roman law is not merely seen as a set of abstract concepts devoid of any background, but as a body of law which operated in a specific social, economic and cultural context. This "context-based" approach to the study of Roman law is an exciting new field which legal historians must address. Since the mid-1960s, a new academic movement has advocated a "law and society" approach to the study of Roman law instead of the prevailing dogmatic methodology employed in many Faculties of law.

Key Features:

*This book aims to further the current debate on the interface between legal history and ancient history.

*It brings together a distinguished group of scholars who will provide different perspectives on this debate.

*It addresses particular themes within this debate such as law and legal practice, law and gender as well as law and economics.

Keywords: Roman law, ancient history, law and society, law and gender, legal theory, law and legal practice, law and economics.

Subject: Law

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Part I Perspectives on Roman Legal Thought
7
Chapter 2 Why Read the Jurists? Aulus Gellius on Reading Across Disciplines
9
Roman Law and Rhetoric
31
Court Decisions and Judicial Severity in the Early Roman Empire
51
Part II Interactions between Legal Theory and Legal Practice
71
Roman Universalism and Legal Practice
73
Chapter 6 The Concept of Conubium in the Roman Republic
102
Transfer of Ownership as a Security in Some Late Byzantine Papyri
151
Part III Economic Realities and Law
175
Chapter 9 Law Agency and Growth in the Roman Economy
177
Whats in a Peculium or Establishing the Extent of the Principals Liability
192
Chapter 11 Pipes and Property in the Sale of Real Estate D191382
207
Jacques Barzuns Theory of Aspect
227
Index
245
Copyright

Chapter 7 Financial Transactions by Women in Puteoli
123

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About the author (2013)


Paul J. du Plessis is Senior Lecturer in Civil Law and Legal History at the University of Edinburgh. He is a legal historian whose research interests include Roman law, medieval interpretations of Roman law, Roman-Dutch law, the historical development of the civilian tradition in mixed jurisdictions, the relationship between law and history as well as between law and society in a historical context. Secondary research interests include the development of European Private Law, Comparative Law and International Private Law.

He is a member of various organisations dedicated to the study of legal history, sometime webmaster of the Centre for Legal History at Edinburgh University and convener of the Edinburgh Roman Law Group.

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