Legal science

Dario Mantovani, Ernest Caldwell, Sofie Deemare-Lafont, Caroline Humfress, David Ibbetson, Geoffrey MacCormack, Patrick Olivelle, Robin Osborne, Robert Pitchard, William Arthur Tooman, Bruce Wells

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Any comparative description of a social and cultural phenomenon, such as ‘law’ and its practice, requires a definition in order to identify the parallel elements in different traditions and societies which are to be compared. This is especially the case if we define ‘legal science’ in its strictest sense: the study of the content of legal norms and of their systematic order. In this chapter, an effort has been made to characterise ‘legal science’, as far as possible, from the internal point of view of several traditions and societies (Chinese, Indian, Roman, Greek, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Jewish). In this perspective, we will refer to both the set of activities carried out by ‘legal experts’, in the whole domain of law (legislation, adjudication, legal counselling and education), and the legal experts themselves, as far as they were regarded as such by their own societies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCambridge comparative history of ancient law
EditorsCaroline Humfress, David Ibbetson, Patrick Olivelle
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781107035164
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


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