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March 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

History Announces New Class on Roman Law and Society in Fall 2015

The Department of History announces a new course for Fall 2015: HIST 3520: Roman Law and Society.

The course is taught by Dr. Kevin Uhalde, Associate Professor of History. Uhalde specializes in the relationship between law and justice, and the role of truth, remorse, and sincerity in judicial procedure in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

Rome law graphic HIST 3520 offers a historical introduction to Roman law through the interpretation of legal sources, with special attention to the role of law in Roman society and culture.

Lectures and readings use law as vantage point for looking in two directions: downward to the way law affected social life; and upward to how politics and governance affected law. The course pays special attention to the bearing of law on marriage and family life, slavery and freedom, inequality, and religion.

The course meets Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. and has no prerequisites. Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll.

The course contributes to the Making and Breaking the Law theme, sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

HIST 3520 prepares students for the annual Spring Break study abroad program in Rome, HIST 4536: Eternal Rome: Piety and Power. This course, which fulfills the Tier III requirement, takes an interdisciplinary approach to the architecture, topography, and iconography of Rome to teach about ideology and representations of power throughout history. It will be offered in Spring 2016.

For more information about the Study Abroad program, contact the program director, Dr. Jaclyn Maxwell.

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