ANCIENT LAW
CL 260
SPRING SEMESTER 2007
Professor George
85 Alumni Hall
641-7069
Office Hours:11:30-12:30 MWF
dgeorge@anselm.edu
ASSIGNMENTS
LINKS
PURPOSE:
This course will explore the principles, workings, and influence of ancient legal systems, notably the Greeks and Romans on the formulation of modern laws and the function of our legal system. This survey has three goals: (1) to provide broad yet detailed knowledge of various ancient legal systems (2) to understand what of these legal systems was incorporated into modern legal thought and practice (3) to understand how thought about the nature of legislation and law enforcement has evolved and to see parallels between discussions of legal theory among ancient and modern jurists. Above all, our goal is to enhance our understanding of how law operates in our own time and culture by comparison with law's operation in the ancient world.
TEXTS:
MacDowell, Douglas M. The Law in Classical Athens. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1978
Roth, Law Collection From Mesopotamia & Asia Minor
Arnaoutoglou, Ancient Greek Laws
Crook, Law & Life of Rome
Justinian, Digest of Roman Law
On-line resources as designated.
Code of Hammurabi
GRADING:
Participation 10% | Mid-term 30% | Paper 30% | Final 30%