n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Poor tenants in Rome : losers all the way? (part 1)

Volume 2004, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



As a consequence of the lack of space in Rome (and also in other Roman cities), and the unequal distribution of wealth in Roman society, only a small percentage of the population could afford their own houses. The majority of urban inhabitants of the Roman Empire lived in rented accommodation. Urban lease was an important social reality that affected the existence of most people in Roman cities. While the Roman law of lease is fairly well documented in the , current research on this aspect of the Roman legal system reveals that it was largely developed to protect wealthy tenants who had the financial resources to challenge the landlord in court. Very little is known of the plight of poor tenants.

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