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Roman Law

An Introduction

By Rafael Domingo

© 2018 – Routledge

234 pages

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Roman Law: An Introduction offers a clear and accessible introduction to Roman law for students of any legal tradition. In the thousand years between the Law of the Twelve Tables and Justinian’s massive Codification, the Romans developed the most sophisticated and comprehensive secular legal system of Antiquity. Roman law remains at the heart of the civil law tradition of Europe and much of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Roman lawyers created new legal concepts, ideas, rules, and mechanisms that most Western legal systems still apply. The study of Roman law thus facilitates understanding among people of different cultures by inspiring a kind of legal common sense and breadth of knowledge.


"Rafael Domingo brings his considerable knowledge of Roman legal science and religion to this wonderfully clear and thorough introduction to Roman law."

- Ernest Metzger, University of Glasgow, UK

Table of Contents


List of abbreviations

Chronological Table

Part One: Roman Law in Historical Context

Chapter One: Basic Legal Concepts and Values

Chapter Two: Constitutional Background of Roman Law

Chapter Three: Sources of Roman Law

Chapter Four: The Jurists and the Legal Science

Chapter Five: Justinian and the Corpus Iuris

Chapter Six: The Revival of Roman Law

Part Two: Roman Law in Action

Chapter Seven: Civil Litigation

Chapter Eight: Family Law

Chapter Nine: Property Law

Chapter Ten: The Law of Succession

Chapter Eleven: The Law of Obligations: Contracts

Chapter Twelve: The Law of Obligations: Delicts



About the Author

Rafael Domingo (1963, PhD 1987) is the Spruill Family Research Professor at Emory University, USA, and ICS Professor of Law at the University of Navarra, Spain. A specialist in legal history, legal theory, ancient Roman law, and comparative law, he has published more than 20 books, including Auctoritas (1999), Juristas Universales (2004), The New Global Law (2010), God and the Secular Legal System (2016), and Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History (2018). Professor Domingo is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Legal Science and Legislation, the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral Sciences and Politics, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Argentinian National Academy of Law and Social Sciences, the Inter-American Academy of Comparative and International Law, and the Peruvian Academy of Political and Moral Sciences.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General