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'Roman maritime law: navigating mare nostrum' :This paper focuses on the historiography of Roman maritime law during the twentieth century. It identifies key assumptions on which past research in this field has been based and argues for a greater integration of the formal (dogmatic) rules of Roman maritime law with contemporary debates concerning trade, commerce and the Roman economy more generally. It also calls for a greater awareness of current debates concerning the role of New Institutional Economics as a method to explain Roman economic behaviour. Finally, it suggests that the legal rules of Roman maritime law should be revisited using a whole-system approach and in light of more recent scholarship concerning the role of custom and the application of Roman law before and after 212 AD.