The Institutes of Gaius /

Saved in:
Bibliographic Details
Author / Creator:Gaius
Uniform title:Institutiones. English & Latin
Imprint:Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 1988.
Description:579 p. ; 23 cm.
Series:Texts in Roman law.
Subject:Gaius. -- Institutiones
Institutiones (Gaius)
Roman law -- Sources
Roman law.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:
Hidden Bibliographic Details
Other authors / contributors:Gordon, William M.
Robinson, O. F.
0801494915 (pbk.)
Notes:Translation of: Institutiones.
Includes bibliographical references.
Review by Choice Review

Published about 160 CE, the Institutes of Gaius is a four-book introductory manual of Roman private law. It is important for Roman legal historians because it is the only treatise of the classical Roman jurists that survives virtually intact; it has often been translated, most notably by F. de Zulueta (2v., 1946/1953). Here Gordon and Robinson translate the rather dated Latin text of B. Kuebler (1935), which they reproduce on facing pages. Their translation is fluent and accurate, but may prove difficult for students unfamiliar with Roman law, especially because the authors translate technical Latin terms into English that must sometimes be inexact (e.g., "jurisdiction" for imperium), or excessively Latinate (e.g., "petitory formula" for formula petitoria). The explanatory vocabulary is helpful but incomplete. Such difficulties may be overcome, however, when the promised commentary on the Institutes appears. A short introduction and an outline of the contents of the Institutes (placed rather awkwardly at the end of the volume) supplement the translation. Accessible to advanced undergraduates, but better suited for graduate students who know some Latin. B. W. Frier University of Michigan

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review