Local production and global trade Roman means of arbitration in the commerce of wine

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Abstract

This article examines forms of arbitration in commercial wine transactions known as 'sales on delivery'. This category includes transactions by which the price was paid for a product which was delivered in a set future date. They also included a caveat by which the vendor guaranteed the quality of the wine and promised to replace it, if it fails to meet expectations. By juxtaposing papyrological evidence with that of the legal sources, and the identity of potential arbiters with other para-legal authoritative figures, I hope to shed much needed light on the growing emergence of professional prowess in settling commercial disputes and then, assessing the implications of this form of arbitration on Roman judicature in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-69
Number of pages17
JournalHermes
Volume149
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Forensic experts
  • Juristic papyrology
  • Roman economy
  • Roman law
  • Viniculture

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