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Roman Law before the Twelve Tables: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited by: Sinclair W. Bell, Paul J. du Plessis

ISBN13: 9781474443975
Published: November 2021
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: Scotland
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2020)
Price: £19.99
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Challenges current orthodox views about the origins of Roman law

  • Re-evaluates current debates surrounding the origins, nature and legacy of Roman law
  • Brings together an international and interdisciplinary range of contributors
  • Looks beyond the solitary context of Roman law’s origins by drawing upon the critical axioms of anthropological theory
  • Includes an up-to-date study of legal texts from other early Italic societies, incorporating important recent archaeological discoveries

Bringing together a team of international experts from different subject areas – including law, history, archaeology and anthropology – this book re-evaluates the traditional narratives surrounding the origins of Roman law before the enactment of the Twelve Tables. Much is now known about the archaic period, relevant evidence from later periods continues to emerge and new methodologies bring the promise of interpretive inroads. This book explores whether, in light of recent developments in these fields, the earliest history of Roman law should be reconsidered.

Roman Law and Greek Law
Introduction: The Dawn of Roman Law
Paul J. du Plessis and Sinclair W. Bell
Part I: The Materiality of Roman Law: New Archaeological Discoveries
1. Roman Law in its Italic Context
James Clackson
2. Central Italian Elite Groups as Aristocratic Houses in the Ninth to Sixth Centuries B.C.E.
Matthew Naglak and Nicola Terrenato
3. Authority and Display in Sixth-Century Etruria: The Vicchio Stele
P. Gregory Warden and Adriano Maggiani
Part II: Constructing Early Roman Law: Sources and Methods
4. The Twelve Tables and the Leges regiae: A Problem of Validity
Carlos Amunátegui Perelló
5. The Leges regiae in Livy: Narratological and Stylistic Strategies
Marco Rocco
6. The Leges regiae through Tradition, Historicity and Invention: A Comparison of Historico-Literary and Jurisprudential Sources
Rossella Laurendi
7. The Laws of the Kings – A View from a Distance
Christopher Smith
8. Beyond the Pomerium: Expansion and Legislative Authority in Archaic Rome
Jeremy Armstrong
Part III: Roman Law in Historiography and Theory
9. Niebuhr and Bachofen: New Forms of Evidence on Roman History
Luigi Capogrossi Colognesi
10. Finding Melanesia in Ancient Rome: Mauss’s Anthropology of nexum
Alain Pottage