Trade, Commerce and Society in the Roman Empire (LAWS10174)
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**This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.** Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Law courses at grade B or above to qualify for this course; we will only consider University/College level courses.
The course offers an introduction to the legal framework of national and international trade and commerce in the Roman Empire of the first three centuries CE. Using primary and secondary sources in translation, it will explore the main features of Roman commercial law within its historical, institutional and societal contexts. The course will focus primarily on the evolution of legal structures (agency, transport, the collection of taxes) with a view to assessing the ways in which the law facilitated the growth of the Roman economy.
The course will focus on the development of the main features of Roman commercial law . It will analyse Roman approaches to topics such as: - Transport; - Import and export duties; - Taxes (regional and international); - Agency. This will be done against the backdrop of discussions surrounding the ancient economy and its main features.
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