Through the activity of identification and exegesis of individual texts and the first-hand study of the specific scientific literature the student will acquire autonomous skills in making an accurate historical reconstruction of Roman legal history and the ability to present clearly and succinctly the main historical trends of Roman law.
Expected learning outcomes
The course's objective is to help the students acquire autonomous skills in the research and understanding of the legal and literary sources.
Lesson period: Second semester
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The course aims to reconstruct and analyse certain essential features of Roman legal thought considering the origins and multiple evolutionary paths, through the direct reading of the literary and legal sources. A central role in identifying the various historical paths of Roman law, a fundamental aspect of western culture, will be recognized, from a procedural perspective, to the role played by the professional figure of the lawyers and forensic oratory (eloquence and rhetoric in studies in oratory; advocatus activities, persuasive speech and writing, officia oratoris), paying particular attention to the field of private law.
Prerequisites for admission
A basic knowledge of Roman law institutions is required.
The didactic activity consists of 42 hours of face to face lessons. Attendance is highly recommended.
A textbook of your choice among the following:
A. Bellodi Ansaloni, L' arte dell'avvocato, actor veritatis. Studi di retorica e deontologia forense, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2016.
M.L. Biccari, Dalla pretesa giudiziale alla narratio retorica (e viceversa): spunti di riflessione sulla formazione dell'avvocato romano e la sua azione, Torino, Giappichelli, 2017.
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam, as well as testing the level of knowledge in the various subjects of the programme, will also test the acquirement of appropriate technical language, and there will be an oral test; graduate: (0-30/30). Intermediate oral test at the end of the course.