Legitimacy and Law in the Roman World: Tabulae in Roman Belief and Practice

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April 2008



Investigation of historical significance of the Roman practice to write solemn documents on wooden tablets.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The World of Belief: 1. The use and value of Greek legal documents; 2. Roman perceptions of Roman tablets: aspects and associations; 3. The Roman tablet: style and language; 4. Recitation from tablets; 5. Tablets and efficacy; Part II. The Evolution of Practice: 6. Roman tablets in Italy (AD 15-79); 7. Roman tablets and related forms in the Roman provinces (30 BC-AD 260); 8. Tablets and other documents in court to AD 400; 9. Documents, jurists, the emperor, and the law (AD 200-AD 535); Conclusion; References; Index.


Elizabeth A. Meyer is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia and has published articles on Roman history and epigraphy in several major journals.


Review of the hardback: 'The subject itself, as well as the perspective from which the author approaches it, is fascinating, complex and unorthodox ... one of the virtues of this book is its clarity ...' Sehepunkte Review of the hardback: 'Despite such minor quibbles, there is no doubt that this erudite and original study has taken us a long step towards a better understanding of tabulae as artefacts and symbols, and also shown how the 'hands-on' approach to Roman law provides not only new insights, but exciting new questions.' Scripta Classica Israelica
EAN: 9780521068918
ISBN: 0521068916
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 372 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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