Summoned to the Roman Courts (Paperback)

Famous Trials from Antiquity

By Detlef Liebs, Rebecca L.R. Garber (Translated by)

University of California Press, 9780520294851, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/10/2012)

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Summoned to the Roman Courts is the first work by Detlef Liebs, an internationally recognized expert on ancient Roman law, to be made available in English. Originally presented as a series of popular lectures, this book brings to life a thousand years of Roman history through sixteen studies of famous court cases—from the legendary trial of Horatius for the killing of his sister, to the trial of Jesus Christ, to that of the Christian leader Priscillian for heresy. Drawing on a wide variety of ancient sources, the author not only paints a vivid picture of ancient Roman society, but also illuminates how ancient legal practices still profoundly affect how the law is implemented today.

About the Author

Detlef Liebs, Professor of Legal History and Civil Law at the University of Freiburg, is the author of Römische Jurisprudenz in Africa and Römisches Recht: Ein Studienbuch, among other books.

Praise For Summoned to the Roman Courts: Famous Trials from Antiquity

“[Liebs’s book] will be welcomed by both novice and expert students of law and society. . . . Entertaining yet profound. . . . Highly recommended.”

— P. Lorenzini, Saint Xavier University

“Liebs provides an interesting mixture of detailed examination of several legal problems and consideration of more broadly conceived legal change over time.”

— Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR)