A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity

A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity, Volume 1

by Julen Etxabe

Julen Etxabe is Docent in Legal Theory at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
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    978-1-4742-1285-4 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-1229-8 (set)

    978-1-3500-7923-6 (epdf)

    978-1-3500-7924-3 (epub)

    978-1-4742-0657-0 (online)
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    First edition
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A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity
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How should we talk about “the law” in a period so remote from our own and covering such a huge span of time and space? From the Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1750 BCE) to Justinian’s Corpus Iuris Civilis (529–534 CE), A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity draws upon legal texts and non-textual forms (such as vase-painting, sculpture, and architecture) to uncover the diverse and rich legal traditions of societies ranging from the Ancient Near Eastern cities of Assyria and Babylon in Mesopotamia to the Ancient Israelites, and from Ancient Greece to Rome of the Archaic and Classical Periods.

With a wealth of textual and visual sources, A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity presents essays that examine key cultural case studies of the period on the themes of justice, constitution, codes, agreements, arguments, property and possession, wrongs, and the legal profession.