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Rome, the Greek World, and the EastVolume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East$
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Fergus Millar, Hannah M. Cotton, and Guy MacLean Rogers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830307

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876657_millar

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Author's Epilogue: Re-drawing the Map?

Author's Epilogue: Re-drawing the Map?

(p.487) Author's Epilogue: Re-drawing the Map?
Rome, the Greek World, and the East

Fergus Millar

University of North Carolina Press

Manuscripts or documents from the Ancient World such as the Roman law and the Bible retain a relevance that is not solely historical but reflects their function in the modern world. This epilogue discusses these canonical texts and the ways in which they can be approached in a nonhistorical way. Roman law can be approached as a timeless example of legal reasoning and expression of legal principles, as embodied in three texts: Digest, Institutes of Justinian, and Gaius's Institutes. A number of possible approaches to the Bible include the search for the word of God to comparative religion, study of the religious customs portrayed, anthropological analysis, or concentration on language or literary forms.

Keywords:   manuscripts, Ancient World, Roman law, Bible, canonical texts, legal reasoning, legal principles, Digest, Institutes, Justinian

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