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Frier, Bruce W.

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

435 Hutchins Hall

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 three-volume annotated translation of the Codex of Justinian, published in 2016. In addition to his Law School professorship, Professor 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. Professor 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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"Regulating Incestuous Marriage in the Roman Republic." In Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue, edited by J. Witte, S. McDougall, and A. di Robilant. Forthcoming, October 2016.​​

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

"Child Marriage and the Roman Jurists." In New Directions in the Study of Women in Antiquity, edited by R. Ancona and G. Tsouvala. Forthcoming, 2017.​

Four Treatises on Roman Law: The Fragmentum Dositheanum, The Tituli Ulpiani and the Epitomes of Gaius. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.​

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).

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

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

"Ulpian." In Encyclopedia of Ancient History, edited by R. S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. B. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. R. Huebner. Wiley, 2015.

"Roman law and the marriage of underage girls." Review of Spose Bambine: Risalenza, diffusione e rilevanza giuridica del fenomeno in età. Dalle origini all'epoca classica, by I. Piro. J. Roman Archaeology 28 (2015): 652-64.
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"Law." In The Virgil Encyclopedia, edited by R. Thomas and J. M. Ziolkowski, 736-7. Chicester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.