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    DescriptionGreeks wrote mostly on papyrus, but the Romans wrote solemn religious, public and legal documents on wooden tablets often coated with wax. This book investigates the historical significance of this resonant form of writing; its power to order the human realm and cosmos and to make documents efficacious; its role in court; the uneven spread - an aspect of Romanization - of this Roman form outside Italy, as provincials made different guesses as to what would please their Roman overlords; and its influence on the evolution of Roman law. An historical epoch of Roman legal transactions without writing is revealed as a juristic myth of origins. Roman legal documents on tablets are the ancestors of today's dispositive legal documents - the document as the act itself. In a world where knowledge of the Roman law was scarce - and enforcers scarcer - the Roman law drew its authority from a wider world of belief.

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    Legitimacy and Law in the Roman World
    Tabulae in Roman Belief and Practice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elizabeth A. Meyer
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 372
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 739 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521497015
    ISBN 10: 0521497019

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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, POL009000
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    DC21: 340.54
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    LC classification: KJA2170.L44 M49 2004
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    9 figures
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    Publication date
    08 March 2004
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    Author Information
    Elizabeth A. Meyer is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia and has published articles on Roman history and epigraphy in several major journals.
    Review quote
    Review of the hardback: 'The subject itself, as well as the perspective from which the author approaches it, is fascinating, complex and unorthodox ... one of the virtues of this book is its clarity ...' Sehepunkte Review of the hardback: 'Despite such minor quibbles, there is no doubt that this erudite and original study has taken us a long step towards a better understanding of tabulae as artefacts and symbols, and also shown how the 'hands-on' approach to Roman law provides not only new insights, but exciting new questions.' Scripta Classica Israelica
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The World of Belief: 1. The use and value of Greek legal documents; 2. Roman perceptions of Roman tablets: aspects and associations; 3. The Roman tablet: style and language; 4. Recitation from tablets; 5. Tablets and efficacy; Part II. The Evolution of Practice: 6. Roman tablets in Italy (AD 15-79); 7. Roman tablets and related forms in the Roman provinces (30 BC-AD 260); 8. Tablets and other documents in court to AD 400; 9. Documents, jurists, the emperor, and the law (AD 200-AD 535); Conclusion; References; Index.