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Ancient Law: Its Connection with the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas

ISBN13: 9781108044943
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 1861)
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This hugely influential work of 1861 is probably the one for which Sir Henry Maine (1822-88) is best remembered.

Appointed Regius Professor of Civil Law at Cambridge when he was only twenty-five, Maine then became Reader in Roman law and jurisprudence at the Council of Legal Education, which had been established in London in 1852 by the Inns of Court, and combined this post with research and journalism.

He was interested in the relationship between the law and the society that both shaped it and consented to be regulated by it, and drew on historical examples from the culture of many Indo-European societies to further his arguments on the development of law as a vital component of civilisation.

Published at a time when the evolution of institutions as well as of species was a topic of widespread interest, this remains a landmark work in the intellectual history of legal studies.

Legal History, Law and Society
1. Ancient codes
2. Legal fictions
3. Law of nature and equity
4. The modern history of the law of nature
5. Primitive society and ancient law
6. The early history of testamentary succession
7. Ancient and modern ideas respecting wills and successions
8. The early history of property
9. The early history of contract
10. The early history of delict and crime

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Classics