History of roman law

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at illustrating the fundamental institutions of Roman public law by studying the various forms of the ancient Roman constitution (monarchy, republic, principate, dominate) within the context of its traditional historic periodization.
Expected learning outcomes
- Capacity for synthesis and for coordinating the issues of Roman legal history within a dynamic view of the legal phenomena;
- Capacity for making links through recovery of the historical roots of various modern legal institutions;
- Capacity for deepening the acquired knowledge, also through a direct comparison with the main legal and literary sources;
- Learning and using concepts and an appropriate legal language.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The 6-credits-course will be dedicated to the analysis of the sources of law, to the constitutional structures, the functioning of the State organs and the criminal prosecution during the development of the Roman legal experience from the ancient period until the Byzantine period. This will allow students to acquire a fundamental knowledge for the comprehension of the principal dynamics of politics and of the development of contemporary public law.
During the course, passages from ancient sources and modern authors will be presented and read in class, with the objective of illustrating the development of the Roman constitution.
Analytical program:
Historical introduction - The gentilician city-state - The patricio-plebeian city-state - Expansion of Rome - The principate - The absolute monarchy - The Justinianic compilation.
Prerequisites for admission
The course has no specific prerequisites.
Teaching methods
Frontal instruction.
Teaching Resources
G. Scherillo - A. Dell'Oro, Manuale di storia del diritto romano, Milano, Cisalpino, 2010.
Assessment methods and Criteria
There will be a final written exam with 4 open questions for the 6 credit points exam (test duration: 80 min.). The exam will test students' in-depth knowledge and comprehension of the course contents. In addition to knowledge and understanding of the course material, students will be evaluated according to their ability to appropriately express themselves and effectively communicate technical legal concepts.
IUS/18 - ROMAN AND ANCIENT LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Educational website(s)
During the first semester 2020/21 and until further notice meetings will take place online. Please contact the teacher via e-mail to arrange an appointment.
Microsoft Teams or a different platform, to be arranged.
Wednesday, 1 PM, MS Teams
Department of Private Law and Legal History - 1° floor