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Beyond DogmaticsLaw and Society in the Roman World$
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John W. Cairns and Paul J. du Plessis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627936

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.001.0001

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Dealing with the Abyss: The Nature and Purpose of the Rhodian Sea-Law on Jettison (Lex Rhodia de Iactu, D 14.2) and the Making of Justinian’s Digest

Dealing with the Abyss: The Nature and Purpose of the Rhodian Sea-Law on Jettison (Lex Rhodia de Iactu, D 14.2) and the Making of Justinian’s Digest

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(p.157) 8 Dealing with the Abyss: The Nature and Purpose of the Rhodian Sea-Law on Jettison (Lex Rhodia de Iactu, D 14.2) and the Making of Justinian’s Digest
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Beyond Dogmatics
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J-J Aubert

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.003.0033

Because of the universal nature of legal problems connected with shipwreck, the solutions proposed in classical Antiquity had a tremendous impact on the subsequent legal history of maritime law, to the effect that many commentators have discussed the various, though relatively few, Greek and Latin texts dealing with these issues. This chapter looks, once again, at Title 14.2 of Justinian's Digest. The discussion focuses on the diversity of the contents of the title; on its place within the Digest as a whole; and on its overall organisation, in order to look at some larger issues of Roman commercial law, and its relation to known economic and social realities of the ancient world.

Keywords:   legal problems, shipwreck, legal history, maritime law, Roman commercial law

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