By Cynthia Bannon

"Gardens and Neighbors will offer a tremendous construction block within the growing to be physique of literature at the ways in which Roman legislation, Roman society, and the commercial issues of the Romans together functioned within the genuine world."

---Michael Peachin, long island University

As is more and more actual this day, clean water in historic Italy was once a constrained source, made the entire extra useful by way of the Roman world's reliance on agriculture as its basic resource of wealth. From property to property, the provision of water diversified, in lots of situations forcing farmers short of entry to inn to the legislations. In Gardens and friends: inner most Water Rights in Roman Italy, Cynthia Bannon explores the makes use of of the legislation in controlling neighborhood water provides. She investigates various concerns serious to rural groups and the Roman economic system. Her exam of the connection among farmers and the land is helping draw out an figuring out of Roman attitudes towards the exploitation and conservation of typical assets and builds an realizing of legislation in day-by-day Roman life.

An editor of the sequence legislation and Society within the historical global, Cynthia Jordan Bannon can be affiliate Professor of Classical experiences at Indiana college, Bloomington. Her prior ebook used to be The Brothers of Romulus: Fraternal Pietas in Roman legislation, Literature, and Society (1997). Visit the author's web site:

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