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Law, Language, and Empire in the Roman Tradition (Empire and After) Hardcover – September 14, 2011
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"A set of stimulating thought-pieces on five distinct but connected preoccupations concerning ancient civil and international law, legal culture, and later readings of the Roman legal tradition. . . . As an attempt to break free of the conventional parameters of discourse on law in antiquity, the book has much to recommend it."—American Historical Review
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'Observing that the Romans perceived civil law as systematizing individual relationships, Prof. Ando (Chicago) notes that it was also a tool of empire. He then examines how Roman civil law evolved to handle a “pluralistic” empire, which, from its beginnings in the third century BC included not just Roman citizens but persons with partial citizenship, such as freedmen or those with “Latin” rights, as well as non-citizen subjects, a situation that persisted until AD 212, when Caracalla granted full citizenship to virtually all free persons in the Empire. Ando opens with two chapters discussing how Roman legal experts juggled the complexities of “legal pluralism,” largely by defining often equally complex legal work-arounds. The next three chapters in turn examine civil, public, and “international” law, and the law of war, in the Roman tradition. This book will be of value to those interested in how the Empire was governed or in the Roman perception of the law of war'
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