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Title The invention of law in the West / Aldo Schiavone ; translated by Jeremy Carden and Antony Shugaar.
Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.

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 Law Library  KJA 147 .S34513 2012    CHECKED IN
Description viii, 624 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [465]-583) and indexes.
Contents 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.
Summary "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.
Note Translated from the Italian.
Subject Roman law -- History.
Added Author Carden, Jeremy.
Shugaar, Antony.
Standard No. 765835989 765836013 765836027
ISBN 9780674047334 (cloth : alk. paper)
0674047338 (cloth : alk. paper)
OCLC # 456169855
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