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Ancient Legal Thought

Larry May

Ancient Legal Thought

Ancient Legal Thought

Ancient Legal Thought

 

"Nearly four thousand years ago, kings in various ancient societies, especially in Mesopotamia (contemporary Iraq), faced a crisis of major proportions. Large portions of the population were horribly in debt, many being forced to sell themselves or theirchildren into slavery to pay off their debts.


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Beschrijving Ancient Legal Thought

This is a study of what constituted legality and the role of law in ancient societies. Investigating and comparing legal codes and legal thinking of the ancient societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and of the ancient Rabbis, this volume examines how people used law to create stable societies. Starting with Hammurabi's Code, this volume also analyzes the law of the pharaohs and the codes of the ancient rabbis and of the Roman Emperor Justinian. Focusing on the key concepts of justice equity and humaneness, the status of women and slaves, and the idea of criminality and of war and peace; no other book attempts to examine such diverse legal systems and legal thinking from the ancient world.



  • Covers Mesopotamia and Egypt as well as Greece, China, India, and Rabbinic tradition as well as the Roman Republic and Roman Empire

    Compares legal systems and theories from the various societies of the ancient world

    Compares ancient legal thought in similar historical periods, often contrasting Western and Eastern legal thought



ISBN
9781108484107
Pagina's
750
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NUR
821
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
Cambridge University Press

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