Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Erdkamp, Koenraad Verboven, and Arjan Zuiderhoek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728924.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 October 2021

Property Rights in Ancient Rome

Property Rights in Ancient Rome

(p.107) 7 Property Rights in Ancient Rome
Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World

Éva Jakab

Oxford University Press

In ancient societies, ownership or other types of control over agrarian land played an essential role in the wealth and growth of individuals and of the whole community. Legal institutions interacted in the allocation of natural resources. Therefore the definition of property rights and other types of interest in land attracted intense scrutiny. In the nineteenth century, legal theory created the myth of absolute, exclusive, and unbounded individual ownership, which seemingly had its roots in classical Roman law. The chapter shows that such ownership was never an abstract, unlimited right in ancient Rome. Ownership was rather a dynamic category with changing legal content according to its social, political, and economic environment. It met a broader target, and fostered conditions amenable to an optimal exploitation of the main natural resource, agrarian land.

Keywords:   ownership, economic context, property rights in motion, public land, usage, subsiciva, servitudes

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .