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New Frontiers

Law and Society in the Roman World

Edited by Paul J. du Plessis

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An interdisciplinary edited collection on social science methodologies for approaching Roman legal sources

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, 'law and society' approach to the study of Roman law is an exciting new field which legal historians must address.

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List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction, Paul J. du Plessis
Part I: Perspectives on Roman Legal Thought
2. Why Read the Jurists? Aulus Gellius on Reading Across Disciplines, Joseph A. Howley
3. Artes Urbanae: Roman Law and Rhetoric, Olga E. Tellegen-Couperus and Jan. W. Tellegen
4. The Senatus Consultum Silanianum: Court Decisions and Judicial Severity in the Early Roman Empire, Jill Harries
Part II: Interactions between Legal Theory and Legal Practice
5. Law’s Empire: Roman Universalism and Legal Practice, Caroline Humfress
6. The Concept of Conubium in the Roman Republic, Saskia T. Roselaar
7. Financial Transactions by Women in Puteoli, Eva Jakab
8. Tapia’s Banquet Hall and Eulogios’ Cell: the Transfer of Ownership as Security in Some Late Byzantine Papyri, Jakub Urbanik
Section C: Economic Realities and Law
9. Law, Agency and Growth in the Roman Economy, Dennis P. Kehoe
10. Dumtaxat de peculio: What’s in a Peculium or Establishing the Extent of the Principal’s Liability, Jean-Jacques Aubert
11. Pipes and Property in the Sale of Real Estate (D., Cynthia J. Bannon
Part IV. Concluding thoughts
12. The View is Determined by the Standpoint, Philip Thomas

About the Author

Paul J. du Plessis is Professor of Roman law in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. His research include Roman law, medieval interpretations of Roman law, Roman–Dutch law, the historical development of the civilian tradition in mixed jurisdictions, and the relationships between law and history and law and society in a historical context. He has secondary research interests in the development of European private law, comparative law and international private law. He is the editor of Wrongful Damage to Property in Roman Law: British Perspectives (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Cicero's Law: Rethinking Roman Law of the Late Republic (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). He is the co-editor, with John W. Cairns, of Reassessing Legal Humanism and Its Claims: Petere Fontes? (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), The Creation of the Ius Commune: From Casus to Regula (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Beyond Dogmatics: Law and Society in the Roman World (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).

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