The Dawn of Roman Law: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Legal Foundations of Ancient Rome
Sponsored by The University of Edinburgh Law School
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 9:00am

University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Organizers: Prof. Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University, and Prof. Paul du Plessis, The University of Edinburgh


I.        The Materiality of Roman Law: New Archaeological Discoveries

Venue: Elder and Lee Rooms in Old College, The University of Edinburgh

1:30-2:30 PM

“The Italian context for Roman Law”

Prof. James Clackson, University of Cambridge

2:30-3:30 PM

“The Vicchio Stele: Etruscan Authority and Display in the 6th century BCE”

Prof. P. Gregory Warden, Franklin University Switzerland & Prof. Adriano Maggiani, Universita Ca’ Foscari

4:00-5:00 PM

“Elite Groups as Aristocratic Houses at Gabii in the 8th-6th centuries BCE”

Mr. Matt Naglak and Prof. Nicola Terrenato, The University of Michigan

II.       Keynote (5:00-6:00 PM)

“Niebuhr and Bachofen: New Forms of Evidence on Roman History”

Prof. Luigi Capogrossi Colognesi, Rome (retired)



Venue: Elder and Lee Rooms in Old College, The University of Edinburgh

I.          Constructing Early Roman Law: Sources and Methods

9:00-10:00 AM

Leges Regiae

Prof. Christopher Smith, University of St. Andrews

10:00-11:00 AM

“Legislative Authority in Archaic Rome”

Jeremy Armstrong, University of Auckland

11:00-12:00 PM

“The Twelve Tables and the Leges Regiae: A Problem of Validity”

Dr. Carlos Amunátegui Perelló, Santiago de Chile

II.        Constructing Early Roman Law: Sources and Methods (continued)

1:30-2:30 PM

“The Leges regiae in Livy”

Dr. Marco Rocco, Università degli Studi di Padova

2:30-3:30 PM

“The Leges regiae between Historical Tradition and Republican Invention: Literary and Jurisprudential Sources”

Dr. Rossella Laurendi, Università degli Studi di Genova

4:00-5:00 PM

“History or Narrative? Representations of Early Roman Law under Augustus”

Dr. Nicolas Wiater, University of St. Andrews

III.       KEYNOTE II (5:00-6:00 PM)

“Encountering Polynesia in Ancient Rome: on the hau of nexum

Alain Pottage, London School of Economics

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