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Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521687119

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  • In this book, Andrew Riggsby offers a survey of the main areas of Roman law, both substantive and procedural, and how the legal world interacted with the rest of Roman life. Emphasizing basic concepts, he recounts its historical development and focuses in particular on the later Republic and early centuries of the Roman Empire. The volume is designed as an introductory work, with brief chapters that will be accessible to college students with little knowledge of legal matters or Roman antiquity. The text is also free of technical language and Latin terminology. It can be used in courses on Roman law, Roman history, or comparative law, but it will also serve as a useful reference for more advanced students and scholars.

    • Brief, easy-to-read chapters and a minimum of Latin and technical jargon make this ideal for students encountering the topic for the first time
    • Looks at how the legal world affected Roman society, not just the law itself
    • Features an appendix of translated documents
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    '… Riggsby has successfully undertaken a near impossible task: to explain, in a little over 200 pages, a highly sophisticated, complex and sometimes idiosyncratic system of law. It will be most useful as a first text for students of Roman law, prior to commencing their course (summer reading perhaps). … A work such as this will draw more (not fewer) people to the pleasures of Roman law, and for this Professor Riggsby deserves both congratulations and thanks.' Cambridge Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521687119
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Roman history - the brief version
    3. Sources of Roman law
    4. Sources for Roman law
    5. The legal professions
    6. Legal education
    7. Social control
    8. Legal (in)equality
    9. Writing and the law
    10. Status
    11. Civil procedure
    12. Contract
    13. Ownership and possession
    14. Other rights over property
    15. Inheritance
    16. Women and property
    17. Family law
    18. Delict
    19. Crimes and punishments
    20. Religious law
    21. Law in the provinces
    22. Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Biblical Law and the Origins of Western Justice
    • Law and Punishment
    • Roman Law
    • Roman law and society
  • Author

    Andrew M. Riggsby, University of Texas, Austin
    Andrew Riggsby is Professor of Classics and of Art and Art History at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Crime and Community in Ciceronian Rome and Caesar in Gaul and Rome: War in Words, which received the Association of American Publishers Professional Scholarly Publishing Division Award for Excellence in Classics and Ancient History in 2006.

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