Law and Empire in Late Antiquity

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Mai 2004



Law and Empire is the first systematic treatment in English by a historian of the nature, aims and efficacy of public law in the society of the Later Roman Empire. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the author offers new interpretations of central issues in the study of Roman law--what it was and how effective, contemporary attitudes to torture and punishment, judicial corruption, and the settlement of disputes.


1. The law of Late Antiquity; 2. Making the law; 3. The construction of authority; 4. The efficacy of law; 5. In court; 6. Crime and the problem of pain; 7. Punishment; 8. The corrupt judge; 9. Dispute settlement I: out of court; 10. Dispute settlement II: episcopalis audientia; Conclusion.


Jill Harries is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. She is the author of Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome (1994) and, with Brian Croke, of Religious Conflict in Fourth-Century Rome (1982). She is co-editor, with Ian Wood, of The Theodosian Code: Studies in the Imperial Law of Late Antiquity (1993) and, with Michael Austin and Christopher Smith, of Modus Operandi: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Rickman (1998).


'This will become a standard work on late Roman law in its social and political context ... the main reasoning of her book cannot easily be refuted. It is both a refreshingly thought-provoking study and a lucid introduction to the workings of late Roman law. It should be read by everyone interested in the law, administration and social relations of the Roman Empire.' Antti Arjava, Arctos
EAN: 9780521410878
ISBN: 0521410878
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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