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Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law

Sixth Edition

Paul J. du Plessis

04 May 2020

ISBN: 9780198848011

440 pages

In Stock

Price: £47.99

The only contemporary textbook covering the 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 resources, including multiple choice questions and answers, timelines, biographies and much more
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • The text has been refined (e.g. in relation to property and obligations) and updated (e.g. in relation to time periods) to reflect current scholarly opinions
  • References to important new research (e.g. a number of new Handbooks and Companions) 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 (e.g. in relation to multiple choice as well as essay questions) to ensure greater interaction between the text and the online material

About the Author(s)

Paul J. du Plessis, Professor of Roman Law, University of Edinburgh, School of Law

Paul J. du Plessis holds the chair of Roman law at the University of Edinburgh. He is a legal historian whose research focuses predominantly on the multifaceted and complex set of relationships between law and society in a historical context. His main field of research is Roman law (with specific reference to property, obligations and, to a lesser extent, persons and family). Within this field, he is mainly concerned with the contexts within which law operates and the extent to which modern socio-legal methodologies can be applied to historical material from the Roman period in order to further our understanding of Roman law. To that end, his work is mainly concerned with the formulation of a methodology for 'law and society' research with reference to the Roman Empire. In the context of his interest in law and society, his research also focuses on a further period where Roman legal principles were used to create law, namely the period of the European ius commune in the late Middle Ages.

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
    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


"The most useful modern title in the English language." - Stefan Enchelmaier, Professor of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford

"It is far and away the best introduction to Roman law in terms of both clarity and coherence." - Caroline Humfress, Professor in Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The text is also supported by online resources which include:
    - Self-test questions on the key topics of Roman law give students the opportunity to test learning. These questions test factual knowledge to help consolidate understanding of key topics and they are interactive providing the correct answer to each question and a reference to the relevant part of the textbook
    - Revision sheets and sample essay questions
    - Interactive timeline
    - Biographies of key figures
    - Glossary of Latin terms
    - Annotated web links
    - Guide to locating original Latin versions of the extracts from the Digest and the Institutes of Justinian
    - Examples of textual analysis of Roman law texts
    - Guide to the literature and sources of Roman law

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