Roman private law, with its long tradition of scholarship, its large but manageable body of source material, and its all-important influence on the development of Western legal theory and institutions, makes an almost ideal topic for comparative study. This seminar places particular emphasis on the relationship between the Roman legal system and social, economic, and political aspects of Roman life within which the legal system operated. Topics covered vary depending on the interests of the participants, but an effort is made at least to touch upon the history of Roman lawmaking institutions and sources of law from the Twelve Tables to Justinian, procedure, the law of persons, contracts, delicts, property, and Roman legal method.