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A Casebook on Roman Family Law

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Bruce W. FrierProfessor of Classics and Roman Law, University of Michigan, USA, Thomas A.J. McGinnAssociate Professor of Classical Studies, Vanderbilt University, USA

ISBN13: 9780195161854
ISBN: 0195161858
Published: February 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £88.00



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The Roman household (familia) was in many respects dramatically different from the modern family. From the early Roman Empire (30 BC to about AD 250) there survive many legal sources that describe Roman households, often in the most intimate detail. The subject matter of these ancient sources includes marriage and divorce, the property aspects of marriage, the pattern of authority within households, the transmission of property between generations, and the supervision of Roman orphans.;This casebook presents 235 representative texts drawn largely from Roman legal sources, especially ""Justinian's Digest"". These cases and the discussion questions that follow provide a good introduction to the basic legal problems associated with the ordinary families of Roman citizens. The arrangement of materials conveys to students an understanding of the basic rules of Roman family law while also providing them with the means to question these rules and explore the broader legal principles that underlie them.;Included cases invite the reader to wrestle with actual Roman legal problems, as well as to think about Roman solutions in relation to modern law. In the process, the reader should gain confidence in handling fundamental forms of legal thinking, which have persisted virtually unchanged from Roman times until the present.;This volume also contains a glossary of technical terms, biographies of the jurists, basic bibliographies of useful secondary literature, and a detailed introduction to the scholarly topics associated with Roman family law.

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