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Beyond Dogmatics: Law and Society in the Roman World

John W. Cairns and Paul J. du Plessis

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748627936
eISBN:
9780748651474
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This book contributes to the debate about the relationship between law and society in the Roman world. This debate, which was initiated by the work of John Crook in the 1960s, has had a profound ... More


What Can the Endogenous Institutions Literature Tell Us About Ancient Rome?

Robert K. Fleck, F. Andrew Hanssen, and Dennis P. Kehoe

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

A large and growing literature on “endogenous” institutions seeks to understand the circumstances under which institutions of particular types arise. One of the literature’s guiding principles is ... More


Ancient Rome: Legal Foundations of the Growth of an Indispensable City

Robert C. Ellickson

in Roman Law and Economics: Volume II: Exchange, Ownership, and Disputes

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787211
eISBN:
9780191829291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787211.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In 200 BC, the population of the city of Rome was 200,000. By AD 50, this figure had increased fivefold, an unprecedented burst of urban expansion. Moses Finley’s much-contested thesis that Rome was ... More


Roman Law and Economics: Volume II: Exchange, Ownership, and Disputes

Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci and Dennis P. Kehoe (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787211
eISBN:
9780191829291
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787211.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Rome is the only western society that autonomously grew a legal profession distinct from the political and religious power. Roman legal thought and the institutions that it generated have had and ... More


Rome and the Economics of Ancient Law I

Geoffrey Parsons Miller

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter serves as an introduction to the essays in this collection by exploring the ways in which contemporary economic theory can be used to ask new questions about the law and economies of ... More


The Constitution of the Roman Republic

Eric A. Posner

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The constitution of the Roman Republic featured a system of checks and balances that would eventually influence the American founders, yet it was very different from the system of separation of ... More


Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci and Dennis P. Kehoe (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Rome is the only western society that autonomously grew a legal profession distinct from the political and religious power. Roman legal thought and the institutions that it generated have had and ... More


Rome and the Economics of Ancient Law II

Geoffrey Parsons Miller

in Roman Law and Economics: Volume II: Exchange, Ownership, and Disputes

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787211
eISBN:
9780191829291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787211.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter provides a broad overview of the chapters in the second volume of Roman Law and Economics. The subjects addressed in this volume include slavery and the Roman economy credit, property, ... More


Law-Making and Economic Change during the Republic and Early Empire

Luuk de Ligt

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

When the Law of the Twelve Tables was promulgated, the Roman economy was overwhelmingly agricultural. As social and economic conditions became more complicated, the formalistic law of early ... More


Law, Slaves, and Markets in the Roman Imperial System

Aldo Schiavone

in Roman Law and Economics: Volume II: Exchange, Ownership, and Disputes

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787211
eISBN:
9780191829291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787211.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

There is a very close relationship between the development of the Roman legal system, grounded on the activity of the jurists, and the creation of an imperial network of commercial relationships in ... More


The Practice of Manumission through Negotiated Conditions in Imperial Rome

Egbert Koops

in Roman Law and Economics: Volume II: Exchange, Ownership, and Disputes

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787211
eISBN:
9780191829291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787211.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Roman slaves often had to meet expressly negotiated conditions to obtain their freedom. The use of such conditions helps to explain why the Romans freed so many slaves. They are an expression of the ... More


Setting the Rules of the Game: The Market and Its Working in the Roman Empire

Elio Lo Cascio

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter analyses the mainly juridical evidence (from the Digest and the late antique Codes, as well as Cassiodorus’ Variae) on the working of the market in the Roman Empire and the role played ... More


Statistics in Ancient History: Prices and Trade in the Pax Romana

Peter Temin

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter uses new data to extend the argument that there was an integrated wheat market in the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. I explore the meaning of randomness when data are ... More


Incomplete Organizations: Legal Entities and Asset Partitioning in Roman Commerce

Henry Hansmann, Reinier Kraakman, and Richard Squire

in Roman Law and Economics: Institutions and Organizations Volume I

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198787204
eISBN:
9780191829284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787204.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter analyzes ancient Rome’s law of business entities from the perspective of asset partitioning, the delimiting of creditor collection rights based on the distinction between business assets ... More


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