Episcopal Courts in Late Antiquity

  title={Episcopal Courts in Late Antiquity},
  author={John C. Lamoreaux},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={143 - 167}
  • J. Lamoreaux
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • History, Law
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
Constantine's legislation inaugurated a new stage in the development of the late antique episcopal office: henceforward bishops would have the privilege and duty of presiding over ecclesiastical courts. Judging from the constant complaints of the bishops, it must be concluded that these courts were immensely popular. And yet, for all their importance in the daily life of late antique Christian communities, we know remarkably little about these courts. Why did the men and women of late antiquity… 
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