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date: 25 October 2020

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The writings of Roman jurists from the first until the third century AD show different methodological approaches to law. These differences do not only occur between different jurists, but can be found within the work of one juridical author. Since the nineteenth century, the historical analysis of these writings has tried to reveal common structures and methodological assumptions that may lie behind different types of these legal writings. This task is complicated by the state of transmission of the writings that have essentially been passed down on us within the Justinian Compilation, i.e. in an abbreviated or even mutilated form. Keeping in mind the possible alterations, one can nevertheless try to unite different writings under a common heading. This chapter explores the different groups into which the works of these jurists may be classified from the viewpoint of a narrative analysis of law.

Keywords: narrative analysis of law, law finding, ius controversum, casuistics, legal literature, literary style

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