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Dealing with the Abyss: The Nature and Purpose of the Rhodian Sea-Law on Jettison (<i>Lex Rhodia de Iactu</i>, D 14.2) and the Making of Justinian’s <i>Digest</i>

J-J Aubert

in Beyond Dogmatics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627936
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651474 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.003.0033
Dealing with the Abyss: The Nature and Purpose of the Rhodian Sea-Law on Jettison (Lex Rhodia de Iactu, D 14.2) and the Making of Justinian’s Digest

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Because of the universal nature of legal problems connected with shipwreck, the solutions proposed in classical Antiquity had a tremendous impact on the subsequent legal history of maritime law, to the effect that many commentators have discussed the various, though relatively few, Greek and Latin texts dealing with these issues. This chapter looks, once again, at Title 14.2 of Justinian's Digest. The discussion focuses on the diversity of the contents of the title; on its place within the Digest as a whole; and on its overall organisation, in order to look at some larger issues of Roman commercial law, and its relation to known economic and social realities of the ancient world.

Keywords: legal problems; shipwreck; legal history; maritime law; Roman commercial law

Chapter.  7674 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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