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Ulpian: Pioneer of Human Rights

Tony Honoré


This is the only full-scale modern account of the life and work of the early 3rd-century lawyer from Syria who contributed two-fifths of Justinian’s 6th-century Digest, which for many centuries formed the staple of European legal education. His writing has been at least as influential as that of any lawyer, ancient or modern. As an intellectual in government he not only wrote about Roman law and administration, public and private, on a massive scale but also played a full part in the turbulent life of the Severan dynasty (193–235), until his murder by rebellious troops in 223 or 224 AD. The se ... More

Keywords: Ulpian, Paul, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, cosmopolis, human rights, oral style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Honoré, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford
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