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New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World

Paul J. du Plessis


Roman law as a field of study is rapidly evolving to reflect new perspectives and approaches in research. Scholars who work on the subject are increasingly being asked to conduct research in an interdisciplinary manner whereby Roman law is not merely seen as a set of abstract concepts devoid of any background, but as a body of law which operated in a specific social, economic and cultural context. Since the mid-1960s, a new academic movement has advocated a “law and society” approach to the study of Roman law instead of the prevailing dogmatic methodology. This “context-based” approach to the ... More

Keywords: Roman law, Roman society, Law and society, Roman legal thought, Law and Economics

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748668175
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. du Plessis, editor
University of Edinburgh

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