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Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law

Fifth Edition

Paul du Plessis

April 2015

ISBN: 9780198736226

456 pages

Price: £37.99

The only contemporary textbook in this field: du Plessis provides accessible and engaging coverage of all key areas of Roman law and its latest legal scholarship.



Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law provides a thorough and engaging overview of Roman private law and civil procedure. It is the ideal course companion for undergraduate Roman law courses, combining clear, comprehensible language and a wide range of supportive learning features with the most important sources of Roman law.

  • The only contemporary textbook in the field of Roman law
  • Contains a wide range of supportive learning features: chapter summaries, bibliographies, diagrams, maps, timelines and annotated further reading
  • Begins with a concise historical sketch of Rome and the Romans and provides an overview of the impact of Roman law on modern legal systems
  • Contains extracts from important Roman sources: the Digest and the Institutes of Justinian
  • Supported by an extensive Online Resource Centre, including multiple choice questions and answers, timelines, biographies and much more

New to this edition

  • The main text has been refined and updated to reflect current scholarly opinions
  • References to the latest legal scholarship on Roman law, such as Hausmaninger, Gamauf and Sheets' A Casebook on Roman Property, have been included to enable students and course lecturers to follow the most recent developments in the field
  • The accompanying website has been comprehensively reworked to ensure greater interaction between the text and the online material

About the Author(s)

Paul du Plessis, Senior Lecturer in Civil Law and Legal History, University of Edinburgh

Paul du Plessis is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Edinburgh University. His research interests include letting and hiring in Roman law and the development of the European ius commune. He is a member of various organizations dedicated to the study of legal history, and holds the positions of webmaster of the Centre for Legal History at Edinburgh University and convener of the Edinburgh Roman Law Group. He is a founding member of the International Advisory Board of the Alan Watson Foundation, hosted by the University of Belgrade. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction: Rome - a historical sketch
    I. The Roman Legal System
    2: The sources of Roman law
    3: Roman litigation
    II. The Law of Persons
    4: Status, slavery and citizenship
    5: The Roman family
    III. The Law of Property and Inheritance
    6: Interests in property
    7: Acquiring ownership
    8: Inheritance
    IV. The Law of Obligations
    9: Obligations: general principles and obligations arising from contracts
    10: Obligations arising from delict
    V. Roman Law and the Modern World
    11: Roman law and the European ius commune