New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World

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

Chapter 7 Financial Transactions by Women in Puteoli

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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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