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Roman law, studies of
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Whereas Romanistik in literary scholarship denotes studies of Romance language and literature, in law it is a specifically German term denoting the study of Roman law (as opposed to Germanistik, the study of local, Germanic law). The legal concept underwent a shift in meaning at the dawn of the early modern period [4. XVI]. In the most familiar sense, it denotes a scholarly discipline concerned with Roman Law that emerged in the 18th century.

1. 15th - 18th centuries

Before the 18th century, the study of Ro…

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Kroppenberg, Inge, “Roman law, studies of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026791>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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