The ancient Romans are chiefly known in America for their conquests,
their fierceness, and their (exaggerated) decadence. But they also had a
sophisticated legal system that still deeply influences European law to
this day, and even in some measure American law. (The American legal
encyclopedia known as “C.J.S.,” for instance, is named after Justinian’s
Corpus Juris Civilis.) They had a legal profession that, as in
America, played a prominent role in political life. And they had a
constitution that, at least during the many centuries of the Republic,
provided a complex system of checks and balances.
will give us a chance to think about a very different -- though
sometimes oddly similar -- legal system, political system, society, and
legal profession, and in the process help us reflect on our own system.
Meeting dates: Wednesdays at 5:30pm, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar. 2, Mar. 16,
Mar. 30, at restaurants in Westwood.
No knowledge of Latin is required.