Laying Down The Law

Author: John Frederick Matthews
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ISBN: 9780300079005
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The Theodosian Code -- a collection of Roman imperial legislation of the period from Constantine the Great to Theodosius II -- is a fundamental source for understanding the legal, social, economic, cultural, and religious history of the later Roman Empire. More than 2,700 of the 3,500 original texts of the Code survive, illuminating issues as wide-ranging as prison conditions and rural patronage, intestate succession, and the pork supply for the city of Rome. Yet no recent study has closely examined how the Code was prepared, and this gap has hindered accurate interpretation. Laying Down the Law offers for the first time a clear and comprehensive guide to the interpretation of the Theodosian Code. John F. Matthews, a leading authority, on the late Roman Empire, examines in detail the planning, design, and publication of the Code.Matthews sets in legal and political context the recognition in the fifth century of the need for a codification of imperial legislation, describes the editorial principles upon which the work was based, and considers how these principles affected the shape of the Code. Combining legal with historical evidence, Matthews shows the Theodosian Code in a new and more accurate light, emphasizing its importance as a prime source of information on the later Roman Empire.

The Theodosian Code And Novels And The Sirmondian Constitutions

Author: Clyde Pharr
Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
ISBN: 1584771461
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Pharr, Clyde. The Theodosian Code and Novels and the Sirmondian Constitutions: A Translation with Commentary, Glossary, and Bibliography. [Princeton]: Princeton University Press, 1952. xxvi, 643 pp. Reprinted 2001 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 2001023441. ISBN 1-58477-146-1. Cloth. $195. * Definitive scholarly English translation of the Theodosian Code, which was the Code of laws that regulated Roman life at its apex before the era of Justinian. The structure and scope of this text illustrate the complexity of the legal system of this fascinating era and the ultimate fall of the Roman empire. Marital law, adultery and inheritance; libel; the military; pardons; government administration; tax and tax appeals; fiscal law, debtors, and petitions; notification of suit; the secret service; land matters; gladiators, conscripted labor and compulsory public service, slavery and manumission, including the restriction of Jews against ownership of Christian slaves; the relationship of church and state and much more are covered. With thorough introduction, commentary, glossary, bibliography. Well-indexed.

The Theodosian Code

Author: Adriaan Johan Boudewijn Sirks
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3000227776
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Law And Empire In Late Antiquity

Author: Jill Harries
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521422734
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The first systematic historical treatment in English of public law in the later Roman Empire.

Cicero And The Jurists

Author: Jill Harries
Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
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This book traces Cicero's thought on law as an advocate; as the friend of jurists; as writer on the philosophy of the 'higher law'; and as a politician who both asserted and subverted the rights of citizens under the law. The Roman Republican jurists, hitherto largely neglected by historians, are placed in their intellectual, social and political context. As the institutions of the old Republic collapsed around them, the jurists disputed not only about legal niceties but also about fairness, trust and the rights and duties of the citizen. Although specialists, they were not culturally isolated. In the intensely competitive environment of Republican politics, senatorial jurists competed for office and honours; yet their low-profile activity could not compete with the showy victories of generals or the public performances of such advocates as Cicero. As an advocate, Cicero downplayed the contribution of jurists. But the vicissitudes of his career taught him the importance of Citizen Law as an expression of citizen rights.In the last years of his life he argued for a new integration of jurisprudence with the wider law of the philosopher and the statesman, but he also exploited the philosophy of the 'higher law' to deny 'bad citizens' their rights and to undermine the formal regulation of the Roman state.

Church And Chronicle In The Middle Ages

Author: Ian Wood
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781852850463
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A collection of essays, in honour of John Taylor, which reflects his interests in, among other things, the Church's role in medieval historiography.

Sidonius Apollinaris And The Fall Of Rome Ad 407 485

Author: Jill Harries
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Sidonius Apollinaris (c.430-c.485) was a high-profile senator and champion of Latin letters, as well as a Christian bishop in Roman Gaul. His career and struggles to maintain conflicting loyalties provide a classic and fascinating illustration of the tottering state of the Roman Empire in the fifth century AD.