Summoned to the Roman Courts: Famous Trials from Antiquity

Summoned to the Roman Courts: Famous Trials from Antiquity

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Summoned to the Roman Courts is the first work by Detlef Liebs, an internationally recognized expert on ancient Roman law, to be made available in English. Originally presented as a series of popular lectures, this book brings to life a thousand years of Roman history through sixteen studies of famous court cases—from the legendary trial of Horatius for the killing of his sister, to the trial of Jesus Christ, to that of the Christian leader Priscillian for heresy. Drawing on a wide variety of ancient sources, the author not only paints a vivid picture of ancient Roman society, but also illuminates how ancient legal practices still profoundly affect how the law is implemented today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520294851
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Detlef Liebs, Professor of Legal History and Civil Law at the University of Freiburg, is the author of Römische Jurisprudenz in Africa and Römisches Recht: Ein Studienbuch, among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 Killing a Sister for Mourning a Fallen Enemy 3

2 Temporary End to Trials Involving Black Magic 14

3 A Dowry Hunter Loses Out 24

4 A Naive Buyer 33

5 The Party's Intention vs. the Pedantry of Jurists? 43

6 Cicero Thwarts the Intrigue of a Powerful Man 53

7 Defense against a Lover's Malice 66

8 Corrupter of Morals through Poetry, or Accessory to a Conspiracy? 83

9 A Precautionary Crucifixion 95

10 "They Hate Mankind" 114

11 A Criminal Organization? 125

12 Brutal Slave Owners 139

13 Self-Help Is Punished 155

14 Protecting a Ward Prevails over Standard Payment Practices 165

15 A Dispute among Christians 176

16 The Execution of Heretics 186

Conclusion 195

Notes 201

Index 269

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"[Liebs's book] will be welcomed by both novice and expert students of law and society. . . . Entertaining yet profound. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

"Liebs provides an interesting mixture of detailed examination of several legal problems and consideration of more broadly conceived legal change over time."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Bmcr)

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