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Roman law: Roman law

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Roman law at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for Roman law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Roman law overview

Roman law was the law of ancient Rome from the founding of Rome in 753 BC to the fall of the Western Empire in AD 476.  Roman law continued in the Eastern Empire until AD 1453.  It is the basis for the legal system of most continental European countries.

This Guide classes sources originally written before AD 1000 as “ancient” sources; all other sources are classed as “modern” sources.

Roman law print collection in the LawBod

The Roman law monographs are on Floor 2.
As Roman law is taught to undergraduates, some of the key texts on the Reading List are held in the Reserve Collection. They have shelf marks beginning KE.

The majority of  the Law Bod's Roman Law collection is on open shelves, and have shelf marks starting Roman. The books have been classified according to this in-house scheme:

Roman 500 - General

Roman 510-601 - Legal sources and literature

Roman 610 - Dictionaries

Roman 620-625 - Lay sources and literature

Roman 630 - Law of persons

Roman 635 - Law of property

Roman 640-642 - Law of obligations

Roman 645 - Law of succession

Roman 650 - Law of actions and procedure

Roman 655 - Criminal law

Roman 660 - Constitutional law

Roman 670 - Jurisitic epigraphy and papyrology, and the law of Greco-Roman Egypt

Roman 675 - Byzantine law

Roman 680 - collected and collective works and historiography

Roman 690 - Encyclopaedias and bibliographies

Post 2000 Roman law journals (Roman 300) are on Floor 1.
Pre 2000 Roman law journals (Roman 300) are on Floor 0.

Subject Guide

Other Bodleian Libraries

Other parts of the Bodleian may have useful Roman law titles. Below are guides to the likely candidates!