n Akroterion - Vicious dogs a case study from 2000 BC to AD 2000

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Damage caused by animals is one of the aspects of law dealt with by legal codes dating as far back as the Old Babylonian period (1894-1595 BC). As part of a discussion of the legal aspects involved under such circumstances and of how losses were compensated for, the purpose of this article is to give the reader a broad overview of the ancient legal codes and law collections, to indicate the legal philosophies and similarities inherent to these codes, and to indicate to what extent the modern South African legal system derived its application of the concept of pauperies ("damage caused by animals") directly from Roman law.

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