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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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Introduction: Themes and Literature

Introduction: Themes and Literature

(p.3) Introduction: Themes and Literature
(p.iii) Beyond Dogmatics

J W Cairns

P J du Plessis

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of John Crook's book, Law and Life of Rome (1967) and how it inspired a small number of ancient historians to appreciate the value of a broader, more interdisciplinary, approach, which places the study of the law of the Roman Empire within various other academic disciplines such as legal history, ancient history, classics, and patristic studies. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   John Crook, Roman law, ancient history, Roman Empire

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