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1st Edition

A Legal History of Rome

ISBN 9780415408943
Published August 14, 2007 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This book equips both lawyer and historian with a complete history of Roman law, from its beginnings c.1000 BC through to its re-discovery in Europe where it was widely applied until the eighteenth century. 

Combining a law specialist’s informed perspective of legal history with a socio-political and cultural focus, it examines the sources of law, the ways in which these laws were applied and enforced, and the ways the law was influenced and progressed, with an exploration of civil and criminal procedures and special attention paid to legal science. The final chapter covers the history of Roman law in late antiquity and appraises the move towards the codification of law that culminated in the final statement of Roman law: the Corpus Iuris Civilis of Emperor Justinian. Throughout the book, George Mousourakis highlights the relationship between Roman law and Roman life by following the lines of the major historical developments.

Including bibliographic references and organized accessibly by historical era, this book is an excellent introduction to the history of Roman law for students of both law and ancient history.

Table of Contents

1. The Monarchy and Early Republic: The Historical, Social and Constitutional Background  2. The Monarchy and Early Republic: The Sources of Law  3. The Monarchy and Early Republic: The Administration of Justice  4. The Late Republic: The Historical, Social and Constitutional Background  5. The Late Republic: The Sources of Law  6. The Late Republic: The Administration of Justice  7. The Principate: The Historical, Social and Constitutional Background  8. The Principate: The Sources of Law  9. The Principate: The Administration of Justice  10. The Dominate: The Historical, Social and Constitutional Background  11. The Dominate: The Sources of Law  12. The Dominate: The Administration of Justice  13. The Dominate: The Codification of Roman Law

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George Mousourakis teaches legal history and comparative law at Niigata University, Japan, and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  He practised law in Greece, obtained his MJur and PhD in the UK, and has taught law at universities around the world.  As well as his work on legal history and comparative law, he has published extensively in the areas of criminal law and jurisprudence.