SOAS University of London

School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Market Protection in Rabbinic and Roman Law

Prof. Dr. Matthias Armgardt

Date: 25 April 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 25 April 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S209

Type of Event: 0

Market Protection in Rabbinic and Roman Law

The protection of the buyer of potentially stolen goods in the markets of ancient cities was an important legal issue that occupied both Roman and rabbinic legal experts in the first centuries C.E. The issue is also dealt with in modern codes of civil law and in common law. Roman and rabbinic sources indicate that these discussions have a long history. The first source addressing the problem is the Mishnah (M. B.Q. 10:3), edited around 200 C.E. The lecture shall focus on the interpretation of this Mishnah and its relation to the rescript in the Codex Justinianus (C.J.?.6,2,2) by the Roman emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla (2nd – 3rd c. C.E.). In this context, I shall examine whether the rabbinic discussion found in the Mishnah may be based on other ancient legal traditions and how it has been expanded in late antique/early Byzantine legal texts.

Organiser: Prof. Catherine Hezser

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Sponsor: Department of History, Religions, and Philosophies, SOAS.