DSBcB010 Human and Divine Things - Law and Religion of Ancient Rome

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 3 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
JUDr. Miroslav Frýdek, Ph.D. et Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Wed 14:00–15:40 D51
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 8/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Iurisprudentia, that is jurisprudence, is defined as the knowledge of divine and human things by the Roman jurist Ulpian. Roman daily life (private and public) was regulated by both the will of the gods (fas) and the will of the people and its officials as legislators (ius).
The course introduces into ancient Roman mentality, which consists of two areas: the magical - religious one, which is represented in the law by the normative district called fas, which later found its reflection in the law - ius. Both of these components are integrated and specialized at the same time. These components are so closely connected that it is sometimes very difficult to find a dividing line.
The course will focus on working with primary sources.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course, students will be able to explain the origins of the Roman law and its religious ties, the role of its interpreters (priests) and the way how religious norms reflected in private and public life.
  • 1. Origins of Roman law - the gift of Egeria
  • 2. An overview of the development of Roman religious ideas
  • 3. Roman priests and their influence on creating law
  • 4 Fas - ius
  • 5 The reflection of religion in public life
  • 6 The reflection of religion in private life
  • 7 Penalties in terms of religion and law
  • 8 Magic
  • 9 Sacrilegium
  • 10 The forms of interaction between religion and law (asylum, leges sacratae...)
    required literature
  • SKŘEJPEK, Michal. Ius et religio : právo a náboženství ve starověkém Římě. 1. vyd. Pelhřimov: Vydavatelství 999, 1999. 317 s. ISBN 80-901064-8-X. info
    recommended literature
  • Stará, I. Rodina a její význam v římském právu. KEY Publishing, 2013. ISBN 978-80-7418-184-9
  • FRÝDEK, Miroslav, Jarmila BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Irena RADOVÁ, Renata VESELÁ, Ivana STARÁ, Silvie ŠIMORDOVÁ and Markéta MELOUNOVÁ. Právní, náboženské a politické aspekty starověké římské rodiny. 1. vyd. Ostrava, 2012. 121 pp. Edice právo. ISBN 978-80-7418-157-3. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, reading sources and their interpretation, discussion
Assessment methods
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in three years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.
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