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Law, Language, and Empire in the Roman Tradition

Law, Language, and Empire in the Roman Tradition

Hardback Empire and After

By (author) Clifford Ando

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  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Format: Hardback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 14 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Pennsylvania
  • ISBN 10: 0812243544
  • ISBN 13: 9780812243543
  • Sales rank: 1,326,586

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Ando studies the processes through which lawyers at Rome grappled with the legal pluralism resulting from imperial conquests. He focuses primarily on the tools - most prominently analogy and fiction - used to extend the system and enable it to regulate the lives of persons far from the minds of the original legislators, and he traces the central place that philosophy of language came to occupy in Roman legal thought. In the second part of the book Ando examines the relationship between civil, public, and international law.

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Author information

Clifford Ando is Professor of Classics, History, and Law at the University of Chicago and Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and World Languages at the University of South Africa He is author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire and The Matter of the Gods.

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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

Table of contents

Preface Chapter 1. Citizen and Alien before the Law Chapter 2. Law's Empire Chapter 3. Empire and the Laws of War Chapter 4. Sovereignty and Solipsism in Democratic Empires Chapter 5. Domesticating Domination Appendix. Work-arounds in Roman Law: The Fiction and Its Kin Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments