Law is a specific form of social regulation distinct from religion, ethics, and even politics, and endowed with a strong and autonomous rationality. Its invention, a crucial aspect of Western history, took place in ancient Rome. Aldo Schiavone, a world-renowned classicist, reconstructs this development with clear-eyed passion, following its course over the centuries, setting out from the earliest origins and moving up to the threshold of Late Antiquity.

Aldo Schiavone, The invention of law in the West, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England, 2012

First published in Italian as Ius. L’invenzione del diritto in occidente, Giulio Einaudi Editore, 2005

Translated by Jeremy Carden and Anthony Shugaar