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Landlords and tenants in imperial Rome

Author: Bruce W Frier
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1980.
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By examining a portion of private law in imperial Rome as a functioning element of social life, this book constitutes an important contribution to the sociological understanding of law in premodern societies. Archaeological data, literary sources, and legal texts show that members of the upper class, including senatorial families, lived in rented apartments and that Roman Law of urban lease was designed mainly for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce W Frier
ISBN: 0691052999 9780691052991
OCLC Number: 6040956
Description: xxxii, 251 pages, [4] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Upper-class apartment housing in Ostia and Rome --
The social institutions of the Roman rental market --
Introduction to the Jurists' treatment of urban leasehold --
The Roman Law of urban leasehold --
Recognition of interests in Roman lease law --
Roman jurisprudence as an instrument of social control.
Responsibility: by Bruce W. Frier.
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By examining a portion of private law in imperial Rome as a functioning element of social life, this book constitutes an important contribution to the sociological understanding of law in premodern societies. Archaeological data, literary sources, and legal texts show that members of the upper class, including senatorial families, lived in rented apartments and that Roman Law of urban lease was designed mainly for them, not for the lower class. This book discusses the physical aspects of upper-class rental housing, the economic and social characteristics of the rental market, and the private law that came to regulate the market. It then assesses the major individual and social interests protected by Roman lease law and the law's probable social effects on the rental market. Concluding with a discussion of the methods and intentions of the Roman jurists in creating this body of law, it is demonstrated how legal rules and concepts were formed or changed by the Roman jurists in tacit response to the assertion by litigants of their personal and social interests. In this way, Roman jurisprudence operated as an instrument of social control. -- Publisher description

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