Law and Liberty in Ancient Rome


Using primary sources as a guide, this conference investigated the development and evolution of the major principles of Roman law. The perspective included the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and focused particularly on the moral and philosophic foundations of Roman law, as well as the Roman understandings of natural law and the law of nations. 


Conference Readings

Johnson, Allan Chester et al, eds. Ancient Roman Statutes. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961.

Gaius. The Civil Law: Including the Twelve Tables, the Institutes of Gaius, the Rules of Ulpian, the Opinions of Paulus, the Enactments of Justinian, and the Constitutions. Edited by Samuel Parsons Scott. Cincinnati: The Central Trust Company, 2001.

Thatcher, Oliver J., eds. The Library of Original Sources: Volume III The Roman World. Milwaukee: University Research Extension Company, 1901.

Thatcher, Oliver J., eds. The Library of Original Sources: Vol. IV: The Early Medieval World, Milwaukee: University Research Extension Company, 1907.

“Galerius and Constantine: Edicts of Toleration 311/313.” Internet Medieval Source Book. (November 10, 2009).

Bettenson, Henry. Documents of the Christian Church. London: Oxford University Press, 1943. (accessed November 10, 2009).

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Cicero On the Commonwealth and On the Laws. Translated by James E. G. Zetzel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De inventione; De optimo genere oratorum; Topica. Translated by H. M. Hubbell. London: Heinemann, 1949.

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Pro lege Manilia: Pro Caecina: Pro Cluentio: Pro Rabirio Perduellionis. Translated by H. Grose Hodge. Cambridge: Loeb Classical Library, 1927.

Davis, William Stearns. Readings in Ancient History: Illustrative Extracts From the Sources. Volume II: Rome and the West . Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1912-13.

Drew, Katherine Fischer. The Laws of the Salian Franks. Translated by Katherine Fischer Drew. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

Halsall, Paul. "Pliny on the Christians." Internet Medieval Source Book. (November 10, 2009).

Justinian. The Digest of Roman Law. Translated by C. F. Kolbert. London: Penguin Books, 1979.

Justinian. Justinian's Institutes. Translated by Peter Birks and Grant MacLeod. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Livy. The Early History of Rome: Books I-V of the The History of Rome from Its Foundations. Translated by Aubrey de Selincourt. London: Penguin Books, 2002.

Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. Translated by J. C. Yardley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.