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Frier, Bruce W.

John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law

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Bruce W. Frier is the John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law. He is the author of numerous books and articles on economic and social history, focusing especially on Roman law. His publications include Landlords and Tenants in Imperial Rome, The Rise of the Roman Jurists, A Casebook on the Roman Law of Delict, A Casebook on Roman Family Law, and The Modern Law of Contracts, now in its third edition and written with Michigan Law faculty colleague J.J. White. He is also the general editor of a forthcoming three-volume annotated translation of the Codex of Justinian. In addition to his Law School professorship, Prof. Frier served in 2001-2002 as the interim chair for the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan and holds a joint appointment in that department. He is also a member of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Frier received a BA from Trinity College and a PhD in classics from Princeton University. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and taught at Bryn Mawr College before joining U-M's Department of Classical Studies in 1969. He has taught at the Law School since 1981. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Faculty Governance Award from the University of Michigan.

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​"Ius, Lex, and Legal Certainty." In Legge, Ugualianza, Diritto, edited by G. Luchetti. Forthcoming 2014.

"Ulpian", "Q. Mucius Scaevola." In Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Forthcoming.​

​General editor. The Codex of Justinian. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming. (A three-volume edition of Judge Frederick Blume's translation.)

Sources for Roman Law: The Tituli Ulpiani and the Sententiae Pauli. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.

Review of Law, Language, and Empire in the Roman Tradition, by C. Ando. Classical J. (Forthcoming).

"Delict." In Cambridge Companion to Roman Law, edited by D. Johnston. Forthcoming.

Review of A Casebook on Roman Property Law H. Hausmaninger and R. Gamauf, co-authors. J. Roman Archaeology (Forthcoming).

"Law." In The Virgil Encyclopedia, edited by R. Thomas and J. M. Ziolkowski, 736-7. Chicester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Co-author. The Modern Law of Contracts. 3rd ed. J. J. White, co-author. St. Paul: West, 2012.

"Law (Ius)." In The Virgil Encyclopedia, edited by R. Thomas and J. M. Ziolkowski. Chicester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

"Making History Personal: Constantine Cavafy and the Rise of Rome." C. P. Cavafy Forum (2010).
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"Law, Roman." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, vol. 4 (Hiipocratic Corpus - Mosaics): 223-32. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010.

"Finding a Place for Law in the High Roman Empire: Tacitus, Dialogus 39.1-4." In Spaces of Justice in the Roman World, edited by F. de Angelis, 67-87. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, vol. 35. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2010.

Review of Adoption in the Roman World, by H. Lindsay. Bryn Mawr Classical Rev. (2010).
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Co-author. "Mentalités and Private Economic Decision-Making." A. Conison, co-author. Review of Mentalités et Choix Économiques des Romains, by J.Andreau et al., co-authors. J. Roman Archaeology 22, no. 2 (2009): 511-14.

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