The University of Michigan Press is publishing a casebook on Roman water law.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Romans are famous for
constructing aqueducts, canals, and dams. But their law is also a lasting, if
less visible, monument to their attempts to control water. A Casebook
on Roman Water Law presents an analytical collection of Roman sources
for water rights. The Romans recognized water as a natural resource, a public
good, and an economic commodity, and they grappled with these issues as they
developed law to regulate water. Early in their history the Romans crafted laws
and institutions to regulate water in both public and private contexts. In
later eras they revised and adapted their law to fit changing economic,
cultural, and physical environments of an empire that spanned the
Mediterranean. Each case documents the role of law in this history, and the
study questions engage with key issues in legal and environmental history,
ancient and modern.
This casebook aims to cross historical and disciplinary boundaries by making the primary evidence for Roman water rights accessible to students and researchers. Cases are presented in both original Latin and English translation. To prepare for study of the cases, each chapter opens with an overview of its topic while the introduction presents the evidence for water rights and contextualizes them within historical and conceptual frameworks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cynthia Jordan Bannon is Professor of Classical Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.
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