A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial

A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial

A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial

A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial


Roman Litigation has long been a difficult subject for study, hampered by a lack of information concerning the practical operation of the civil courts. Using newly discovered evidence, the author of this new book presents a lucid new interpretation of how civil trials in classical Rome were commenced and brought to judgement. The new evidence adds enormously to our knowledge of Roman courts, and the author uses this evidence to create what is a valuable and original contribution to the literature on Roman Civil procedure.


I RECEIVED many helpful suggestions and corrections from persons who undertook to read all or a portion of this book: Michael Crawford, John Barton, Geoffrey MacCormack, David Johnston, and Joseph McKnight. Others gave me valuable advice on certain issues: Georg Wolf, on Gaius; Gerard McMeel of the University of Bristol, on English judges becoming ill; and Claude Eilers of McMaster University, on difficult points of Latin.

The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies has kindly allowed me to reproduce portions of a text and translation of the lex Irnitana which first appeared in the Journal of Roman Studies.

Much of my time in preparing this book was spent at Brasenose College, supported by an award of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals. Oxford University, BNC, and the United Kingdom could not have been more generous to me.

To have as my wife a professional editor has been invaluable. If her help has been at her employer's expense, then her employer has now published 100,000 words of nonsense.

To Peter Birks, who helped me to become a Romanist, I am more grateful than I can say.

E. M. University of Aberdeen . . .

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