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A Casebook on the Roman Law of Contracts

Bruce W. Frier


This Casebook explores the writings of Roman lawyers on the law of contracts, a rich and hugely influential area of Roman private law. The 235 “Cases” are actual texts deriving, for the most part, from the Digest of Justinian (535 ce), but written hundreds of years earlier during the Classical era of Roman law. These Cases give a fairly complete view of the concepts and methods used to create rules and judge contract cases in Roman courts. The Casebook concentrates especially on two central Roman contracts, stipulation and sale; but all other contracts and contract-related issues are discussed ... More

Keywords: Roman private law, contract, jurist, obligation, debt, agreement, good faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197573211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197573211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce W. Frier, author
John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law, University of Michigan