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The Invention of Law in the West

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$65.00 • £56.95 • €59.95

ISBN 9780674047334

Publication Date: 01/02/2012


640 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


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  • Preface
  • Part One. The Tradition and the History
      • 1. Roman Law and the Modern West
      • 2. History Rediscovered
      • 3. The Jurists in Rome
  • Part Two. The Birth of a Technique
      • 4. Origins
      • 5. Kings, Priests, Wise Men
      • 6. Rituals and Prescriptions
      • 7. The Model of Statutory Law
      • 8. The Logos of the Republic
  • Part Three. Science, Forms, Dominion
    • I. Preservation and Change in the Age of Conquest
      • 9. Ius civile and the Praetors: The Idea of Fairness
      • 10. Orality and Writing
    • II. The Building of Legal Science: from Quintus Mucius to Servius and Cicero
      • 11. The Quest for Order
      • 12. The New Paradigm: Abstraction and Formalism
      • 13. An Aristocratic Theology
      • 14. A Separate Reason: Entities, Rules, Cases
      • 15. Politics and Destiny
      • 16. Legitimacy and Power: The Doctrine of Natural Law
  • Part Four. In the Heart of the Empire
    • I. The Compromise and the Alliance: From Labeo to Gaius and Pomponius
      • 17. Hermeneutics and the Politics of Law
      • 18. The Definition of Characteristics
      • 19. Jurists and Emperors
    • II. The Government: Ulpian
      • 20. The Great Systematization
      • 21. The Custodians of Law
      • 22. Equality Ancient and Modern
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • General Index
  • Index of Sources

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