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"Law is a specific form of social regulation distinct from religion, ethics, and even politics, and endowed with a strong and autonomous rationality. Its invention, a crucial aspect of Western history, took place in ancient Rome. Aldo Schiavone, a world-renowned classicist, reconstructs this development with clear-eyed passion, following its course over the centuries, setting out from the earliest origins and moving up to the threshold of Late Antiquity. The invention of Western law occurred against the backdrop of the Roman Empire's gradual consolidation--an age of unprecedented accumulation of power which transformed an archaic predisposition to ritual into an unrivaled technology for the control of human dealings. Schiavone offers us a closely reasoned interpretation that returns us to the primal origins of Western legal machinery and the discourse that was constructed around it--formalism, the pretense of neutrality, the relationship with political power. This is a landmark work of scholarship whose influence will be felt by classicists, historians, and legal scholars for decades."--Publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -583) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note
Roman law and the modern West History rediscovered The jurists in Rome Origins Kings, priests, wise men Rituals and prescriptions The paradigm of the law The logos of the republic Ius civile and the praetors : the idea of fairness Orality and writing The problem of order The new paradigm : abstraction and formalism An aristocratic theology The separate reason : entities, rules, cases Politics and destiny Legitimacy and power : the doctrine of natural law Hermeneutics and the politics of law The definition of the characteristics Jurists and princes The great systematization The custodians of the law The equality of the ancients and the moderns.