Category Archives: Ancient law

The relaunched American Journal of legal History

Readers of this blog will be interested in the blog entry by Alfred L. Brophy on the importance of legal history and the future of the field. It can be read here: How legal history shapes the present This blogger … Continue reading

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The Codex of Justinian

As anyone working on Roman law will know, a reliable translation of the Codex has long been a desideratum. Those currently on the market are either too dated or, in certain cases, somewhat unreliable. It has long been rumoured that … Continue reading

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The Severans: Where are the Jurists?

The University of Edinburgh offers an undergraduate option called “The Severans”. Indeed the Severan dynasty is a current “hot” topic among ancient historians. This is understandable. The topic covers the reign of Septimius Severus, who sought to restore stability to a chaotic Empire, that … Continue reading

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Call for papers: Two Sides of the Same Coin – Dispute Resolution in Greco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt

This conference notice has just been posted on the classicists list: International Conference KU Leuven, 29 June – 1 July 2016 Family squabbles, fights over real estate, disputes over money transactions and assault cases were no less complex to resolve … Continue reading

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Law and Transaction Costs

Our blogger has been alerted to the publication of this important new work in the field of Law and Economics in the Ancient World by Dennis Kehoe et al. Details here: http://www.press.umich.edu/7405925/law_and_transaction_costs_in_the_ancient_economy?utm_source=UMP&utm_campaign=574e6fa446-Kehoe_Law_and_Transaction&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19d3ad4079-574e6fa446-203437313   

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“fouling charges” …

Readers of various UK newspapers may have seen this recent article. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/11/13/woman-gives-birth-in-addison-lee-taxi-cleaning-bill_n_8553646.html A woman, who had summoned a taxi to take her to the hospital, gave birth to a baby in the back of a taxi. The driver demanded that … Continue reading

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Ancient Law in Context – Workshop 6 – “Procedure”

Readers of this blog may be interested to know of the next ALC workshop to be held on January 29 – 30, 2016 in Edinburgh. Programme below: Ancient Law in Context: Workshop 6 29 – 30 January 2016 University of … Continue reading

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New Roman Law Textbook: Laurent Waelkens, Amne Adverso

Another textbook in English on Roman Law is always to be welcomed. A lively market in them indicates the continuing vitality of the discipline; good textbooks encourage students to learn and also to opt for the subject. It is also good to … Continue reading

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Ancient Law in Manchester

Our good friends in Manchester have asked me to alert the readers of this blog to their reading group on ancient law. Details here:Ancient law poster – Autumn Semester 2015

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