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The Teaching Of Law

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Law was the first higher discipline admitted into the Athenaeum's curriculum. The study of law offered a broad humanist education rather than a practical skill. It focused almost entirely on Roman, as opposed to modern Dutch law. At the time of the Athenaeum's foundation, two principal schools of thought can be distinguished in the study of Roman law: a philological-historical analysis of ancient legal systems, and a practical body of theory for applying Roman law to modern problems. In the history of law teaching at the Athenaeum, we can distinguish three stages: a hesitant beginning, with the appointment of Johannes Cabeliau as a false start; a period from 1646 to 1672 with two professors of probable competence, Albertus Rusius and Johannes Christenius; and finally a period with the hardly impressive Faber, succeeded by Johannes van den Broeck, who seems to have done better.

Keywords: Albertus Rusius; Athenaeum; Dutch law; Faber; Johannes Cabeliau; Johannes Christenius; Johannes van den Broeck; law teaching



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