The study of Roman procedure has benefited enormously from the discovery of wooden tablets near Pompeii. Unfortunately, the tablets are sometimes misinterpreted, for the simple reason that the procedures they describe do not always match the procedures which more familiar sources have led us to believe existed. The tablets, in fact, give us the rare opportunity to revise our understanding of procedure, particularly when taken together with another remarkable find, the lex Irnitana. This article gives a sketch of the ‘new’ Roman civil procedure now available to us as a result of these exciting finds.
In: J. W. Cairns and P. du Plessis, eds., Beyond Dogmatics. Law and Society in the Roman World (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), 187–205.
- Roman law,
- Roman civil procedure
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