The Digest Of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage, And Insult

Paperback | June 28, 1979

byColin JustinianTranslated byC. F. KolbertIntroduction byC. F. Kolbert

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Codified by Justinian I and published under his aegis in A.D. 533, this celebrated work of legal history forms a fascinating picture of ordinary life in Rome.

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The concept of law that we take for granted today was first created in Rome. Shortly after becoming emperor in AD 527, Justinian appointed a commission to survey and codify the last four centuries’ relevant legal practices. The product, The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage and Insult, first published in 533, is among the ...

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Codified by Justinian I and published under his aegis in A.D. 533, this celebrated work of legal history forms a fascinating picture of ordinary life in Rome.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a...

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Codified by Justinian I and published under his aegis in A.D. 533, this celebrated work of legal history forms a fascinating picture of ordinary life in Rome.

Justinian I (483 -565) was Eastern Roman Emperor from 527 until his death. One of the most important rulers of Late Antiquity, he is best remembered for his reform of the legal code through the commission of Tribonian the military expansion of imperial territory that was achieved during his reign, primarily through the campaigns of Bel...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.79 × 5.11 × 0.5 inPublished:June 28, 1979Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140443436

ISBN - 13:9780140443431

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Table of Contents

Translated by C.F. Kolbert

General Introduction
The Legal Background
The Roman Law of Delicts
Concerning the Lex Aquilia
Concerning Theft
Concerning Robbery with Violence and Riotous Assembly
Concerning Insulting Behaviour and Scandalous Libels
Notes
Further Reading

From Our Editors

The concept of law that we take for granted today was first created in Rome. Shortly after becoming emperor in AD 527, Justinian appointed a commission to survey and codify the last four centuries’ relevant legal practices. The product, The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage and Insult, first published in 533, is among the highest human mental and spiritual achievements. Roman law permeates European history. Aside from being a fascinating study of law the book offers a remarkably vivid portrait of ordinary Roman life because the discussed cases concern daily events of the time.