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The Topography of the Law Book: Common Structures and Modes of Reading

Wibier, Matthijs (2014) The Topography of the Law Book: Common Structures and Modes of Reading. In: Jansen, L., ed. The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 58-72. ISBN 978-1-107-02436-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Starting out from the observation that many Roman law books shared their order of topics (their 'topography'), this paper explores what this means for the Roman understanding of a technical legal handbook. There is evidence indicating that law books without the usual structure were re-edited by third parties to conform to standard topography. This highlights the importance of topography as a tool for navigating the knowledge that makes up Roman law as a technical discipline.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Roman law; Roman jurists; history of the book; intellectual history; Latin literature; papyrology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Matthijs Wibier
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 20:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 21:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69998 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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