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Classical and Post-Classical Roman law: The Legal Actors and Sources

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of European Legal History
EditorsHeikki Pihlajamäki, Marcus Dubber, Mark Godfrey
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages186 - 200
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780198785521
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks

Abstract

This chapter surveys Roman law as an important influence upon the development of law in the European legal tradition. Starting with the origins of the Roman State in the myth of Romulus and Remus, this chapter provides an account of the main constitutional structures of the Roman State across time. These structures provide the backdrop for a larger discussion of the nature of Roman law, the sources of law and the changes to the Roman legal order. The chapter ends with the 'fall' of the Western Empire in the fifth century A.D. and leaves the discussion of Justinianic Roman law to another chapter elsewhere in this volume.

    Research areas

  • Roman Law, European legal history

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