Accounting Techniques and Accounting Practices in Roman Law

Event Name Accounting Techniques and Accounting Practices in Roman Law
Start Date 30th May 2014 9:00am
End Date 30th May 2014 6:00pm
Duration 9 hours
Description

The extent to which economic considerations played a role in the development of Roman law has become an important question within the broader theme of ‘law and society’ research in relation to the Roman world. While exciting work has been done on the extent to which modern economic theories may be used to explain Roman law (eg. Kehoe) and on the extent to which trade was facilitated by Roman money-lending practices (eg. Andreau, Gröschler), the notion of a ‘Roman commercial law’ (eg. Melillo, Lo Cascio, Erdkamp, Cerami, Di Porto et al.) that was supported by certain accounting techniques and practices remains unstudied. The aim of this workshop was to explore these techniques and practices with a view to establishing whether these may enhance modern understanding of ‘Roman commercial law’. This was done by focusing both on ‘dogmatic’ legal texts contained in Roman legal sources as well as on examples of legal practice preserved in negotia. The focus was on the ‘long classical period’ – 1st century BCE – end of third century CE.

Participants:

Professor Dr Eva Jakab 

Professor Dr Thomas Rűfner 

Professor Egbert Koops

Dr Serafina Cuomo

Dr Gerard Minaud

Dr Paul J. du Plessis