Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz
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This book is the outcome of seven years of research on shipwrecks and Roman law, which started when I undertook my PhD and has continued into my subsequent academic career. I would like to thank my former supervisors Gianfranco Purpura, Carlos Sánchez Moreno-Ellart, and Aránzazu Calzada for their help and support during the inception of this research. I also owe a debt of thanks to all those who played their part in assisting with a variety of aspects of the research: Kaius Tuori, Jacob Giltaij, Rosa Mentxaka, Jean-François Gerkens, Antti Lampinen and Maijastina Kahlos for revising the drafts of this book in its different stages. Many thanks as well to my colleagues from the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives and from the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, who provided very helpful comments during my seminars there. This volume would not have been posible without the generous financial support of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European narratives, funded by the Academy of Finland, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the Ghent University research group ‘Structural Developments of Economic Performance in the Roman World’, and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (University of Münster).

I also wish to express my gratitude to various colleagues, who over the years have offered support and engaged in constructive discussions with me about many aspects of my research. Many thanks to Senni-Mut Tracy and Heta Björklund who very patiently helped me edit the manuscript, and to Christopher Tenwolde, Millie Gall and Karen Francis for their language revisions. I would also like to thank the editorial board at Brill for supporting the idea of this manuscript from the start, and express my gratitude towards Giulia Moriconi, Mirjam Elbers, and to the anonymous reviewer at Brill, whose comments have undoubtedly made this a better book. Naturally, the responsibility for the views and errors in this book is entirely mine.

Of course, writing a book encroaches on your private life, and I could not have completed this one without the understanding and support of my beloved ones. Here it really is impossible to mention everybody, but I would like to acknowledge my friends for being there and celebrating my peculiar choice of profession. More generally, I want to thank my family, especially my brother, who has always patiently heard my stories, and my mother and father, for never pushing me in my choices and for their love and encouragement for the path I chose to follow. Thanks to Mikko, my Gaius ubi ego Gaia. Finally, this book is dedicated to the loving memory of my grandfather, who passed away during the final writing stages of my PhD, and whose passion for the sea deserves to be honoured by this volume.

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