Slaves doing business: the role of Roman law in the economy of a Roman household

@article{Gamauf2009SlavesDB,
  title={Slaves doing business: the role of Roman law in the economy of a Roman household},
  author={Richard Gamauf},
  journal={European Review of History: Revue europ{\'e}enne d'histoire},
  year={2009},
  volume={16},
  pages={331 - 346}
}
  • Richard Gamauf
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • History, Law
  • European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
A Roman slave could hold property which, despite the fact that it belonged to his master, he was allowed to use as if it were his own. All acquisitions based on such a peculium were automatically credited to the master. His liability, however, never exceeded the peculium's value. This article tries to reconstruct economic relationships between masters and slaves or slaves and slaves within a household using the discussions of the Roman jurists about legal questions regarding slaves' peculia… 

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