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Legal advocacy in the Roman world

Author: J A Crook
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995.
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J.A. Crook here examines the role and significance of the advocate in the Roman legal system. Offering comparisons with modern legal practice, he addresses such questions as why Romans used advocates, what social function advocates fulfilled, and what conclusions can be drawn about a society that required litigants to have their cases presented by someone other than themselves. Crook first provides an overview of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A Crook
ISBN: 0801431581 9780801431586
OCLC Number: 31408730
Description: vi, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. The function of advocacy. 1. Advocacy and legal orders. 2. Rhetoric in modern discussions. 3. Advocacy in present-day courts. 4. Taking advocacy seriously --
II. Prior Greco-Roman questions. 1. For comparison: advocacy at Athens and in the Hellenistic world. 2. The two Roman legal professions. 3. The boundaries of the subject: the legal order broadly conceived --
III. Advocacy in the papyri: the under-exploited source --
Excursus: petitions and the 'Narratio' documents --
IV. Advocacy in the traditional material. 1. The uses of advocacy to client and advocate. 2. Usus iudiciorum, the practice of the courts --
Excursus: 1. Terminology --
Excursus: 2. The advocate as 'representative' --
Excursus: 3. The controuersiae --
Excursus: 4. Quintilian --
V. The historical record.
Responsibility: J.A. Crook.

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J.A. Crook here examines the role and significance of the advocate in the Roman legal system. Offering comparisons with modern legal practice, he addresses such questions as why Romans used advocates, what social function advocates fulfilled, and what conclusions can be drawn about a society that required litigants to have their cases presented by someone other than themselves. Crook first provides an overview of the general function of advocacy in both Roman and modern jurisprudence. In the light of the characteristically fierce rhetorical combat waged by Roman advocates, Crook compares the status of rhetoric in Roman times and today. He then considers differences between the legal orders of ancient Rome and classical Greece. Next, he explores evidence provided by the Egyptian papyri and discusses the treatment of advocacy in classical accounts, particularly in Quintilian. In conclusion, he surveys the historical record concerning advocacy in Rome.

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