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Work and workers in Roman law
-- Corso di Laurea in Scienze giuridiche per la consulenza del lavoro e la sicurezza dei lavoratori

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Marina Frunzio

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide the tools necessary to understand the cultural origins of the concept of work. The student will find in the classical Roman history the legal, political and cultural factors that have led to the further development of labor relations in the modern and contemporary world.


Part I. 

The study starts from the deepening of the fundamental institutions of the Roman private law: ownership and possession; a) the origins of the patterns of belonging . b ) the formation of the domimium. c ) the protection of possession.

It will be considered the main private contracts relating to job performance and to free people or servile condition : a) formal contracts ; b ) ‘real’ contracts ; c ) consensual contracts -reciprocal obligations (synallagmatici). In particular , the lease ( of works and agricultural ) .

 -the bond of subordination . Free people; people in bondage.  

-The slavery . 

Part II  

-The Concept of work in classical antiquity : intellectual and manual work.

-The Causes of discrediting social phenomenon of ' work ' : its explanation on the historical plan.

-The Testimony of ancient Greek philosophers Platone and Aristotele . 

-The Influence of the Greek mentality on the Roman culture: Cicerone . 

-Attorneys and Jurists . 

–Architects and Technicians : the case of Vitruvio . 

-The supposed stagnation of Roman economy.

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student must : 

-demonstrate the basic knowledges to grasp the working relationships in their complexity and historicity ((KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING)

 -recognize and be able to analyze the relationship work , finding in it the rights and duties and their origin in terms of legal history, and supporting personal arguments (APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING)

-understand the milestones that led to the formation of modern labor law, integrating and interpreting rilevant data (MAKING JUDGEMENTS)

-Show to have the cultural tools sufficient to identify the problems inside the historical evolution of legal phenomena working,properly taking the necessary information, formulating ideas, and providing solutions to the problems, even in context of working class (COMMUNICATION SKILLS)

Show to possess the methodological techniques to move within the different cultural components ( legal, economic , philosophical ) that enrich the history of labor law, and demonstrate to have acquired the skills to study with a high degree of autonomy (LEARNING SKILLS).

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

It’ scheduled for the end of November a written, intermediate test to assess the state of learning and the level of understanding of the subject reached .  They are provided insights into specific concepts in seminar and group work on individual aspects of the subject .

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures ; midterm written test ; Group work ; seminars.


None .  It strongly recommends the frequency to the course.

Course books

A. GUARINO, PROFILO DEL DIRITTO ROMANO (ED. JOVENE, 1994), PAG. 9-195, excluding  paragr. 18.



Oral examination.  The written midterm test is limited to students attending . The test date will be announced during the course.

the choice of the oral mode responds to the need to assess the achievement of an adequate critical spirit and of a clear and scientifically correct language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Students not attending are encouraged to contact the teacher- via email -to arrange an appointment where they are needed clarification or to present any , specific needs .



Course books

The textbooks are the same as for students attending.


Oral examination.For the choice of the oral examination see what is observed in respect of the attending students.


However there is no obligation to attend , it is recommended strongly participating in the lessons.

In the Department is active the 'Olympus Observatory for the permanent monitoring of legislation and case law on safety in the workplace'. It carries out various activities including, in particular: - the management of a website with legislative databases, case law and contractual requirements concerning safety in the workplace; - Depth articles, specialized reviews and "focus" theme; - The management of an online scientific journal - "The Working Papers of Olympus", shortly destined to mutate into "Diritto alla sicurezza sul lavoro" (DSL) - in the field of law of security in the workplace, with ISSN, which makes use of a large international scientific committee and refereeing procedures for the identification of essays to be published; - The organization of events congresses and seminars including international. This observatory, whose website is freely accessible to all in a logic of public service, allows students of the Study course to find useful materials and documentation to study and draft the dissertation. It offers, also, through the mentioned congresses meetings and seminars, the opportunity to meet with leading experts in the field and a full analysis of the most sensitive issues relating to it.


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