The Roman Law of Trusts

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This book traces the development of the Fideicommissa (trusts) in Roman law from late republican times to the codification under Justinian, examining an area of Roman law that is thought to have had considerable influence on the common law development of trusts.
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Overview


This book traces the development of the Fideicommissa (trusts) in Roman law from late republican times to the codification under Justinian, examining an area of Roman law that is thought to have had considerable influence on the common law development of trusts.
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"Very few books have been published in English to explain a particular Roman legal institution. This is an excellent specimen and is, indeed, the most ambitious since W.W. Buckland, The Roman Law of Slavery in 1909....This book, with its analysis of important texts, which are given both in Latin and translated, is a splendid guide to a branch of law important for its understanding of the Roman psyche and the working of law."--The Classical Outlook

"An excellent history of the substantive law of fideicommissa from their origin in republican Rome until the time of Justinian....It is full of insights that will expand the horizons of anyone interested in the comparative study of trusts and decedents' estates."--American Journal of Legal History

"This challenging case study in legal evolution offers a fresh approach to neglected, yet important topic."--American Historical Review

"Specialists and advanced students of Roman culture and social history will find this a provocative introduction to the study of the development of the law within its social context."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198252160
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
I. Theory, Practice, and History: Rudiments 1
II. Action and Reaction: From Republic to Empire 21
III. Conspiracy of Silence: Secret Trusts 42
IV. The Dead Hand: Perpetuities and Settlements 76
V. An End to the Horror: Trusts on Intestacy 117
VI. Words, Deeds, and Doubts: Interpretation 155
VII. Of Action and Execution: Procedure 222
VIII. From Morals to Obligations: Evolution 256
Select Bibliography 289
General Index 293
Index of Ancient Sources 299
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