What does Roman Law offer today? The discussion of the common foundations of European Law is crucial in the framing of modern Europe and the idea of Roman law as a European Ius Commune still plays an important role. This book gives an introduction to basic institutions of Roman Law and a survey of European Legal History from the fall of the Roman Empire till today. Contents: Part one: Introduction, 2. Family and the Law, 3. Roman Procedure, 4. Roman law of property, 5. Contracts, 6. Criminal Proceedings and Torts, 7. Succession. Part two: From Byzantium to Bologna, 2. European Legal Unity and Ius Commune, 3. Natural law and Enlightenment, 4. The period after 1800.