Law and empire in late antiquity

  title={Law and empire in late antiquity},
  author={Jill Harries},
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. 

Law and crime in the Roman world

1. Competing discourses 2. Public process and the legal tradition 3. Cognitio 4. The thief in the night 5. Controlling elites I: Ambitus and Repetundae 6. Controlling elites II: Maiestas 7. Sex and

Bishops and Law Courts in Late Antiquity: How (Not) to Make Sense of the Legal Evidence

This article seeks to reevaluate existing scholarship on the late Roman "bishop's hearing" or "bishop's court" via a reexamination of the nature of the extant legal evidence. Paying particular

A Man of Letters in Prison: Humanity and Justice in Libanius of Antioch

  • Alberto De Simoni
  • History
    Selected Proceedings of the Classics Graduate Student Symposia at the University of Florida
  • 2022
Libanius of Antioch provides unique pieces of evidence for our understanding of prison conditions in antiquity. In advocating for the release of prisoners and/or the alleviation of their

Christianity, Private Power, and the Law from Decius to Constantine: The Minimalist View

This essay considers the development in the third and fourth centuries of the idea of a "universal church" and the transition from private power to corporate institutional polity as the basis of

Law and Legal Documents in the Sermons of Peter Chrysologus

Because Peter Chrysologus preached at the capital of Ravenna during the reign of Valentinian III, his large corpus of extant sermons provides an intriguing look at ideas and attitudes widely known at

The Christians Whose Force is Hard: Non-Ecclesiastical Judicial Authorities in the Early Islamic Period

This paper examines the context in which church leaders in the regions of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent, during the first few centuries after the Arab conquest, were objecting to the appeal of

Altering Infamy: Status, Violence, and Civic Exclusion in Late Antiquity

This paper investigates the application of the legal stigma of infamia (disrepute) in Late Antiquity. The legal status is used as a lens through which to view the changing systemic, religious, and

Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity

Introduction Part I. Punishment, Reform and Penance: 1. Philosophical and domestic foundations 2. Punishment and reform in early imperial legal thought 3. Christian principles of punishment 4.

Judicial practices of the Eastern Christian saints in the beginning of the IV – middle of the V centuries

This article is dedicated to the study of activity of the saints in the area of justice during the Late Antiquity, and is structured upon the examination of theirs hagiographical works. The period

Catholic Bishops and Appeals to the Imperial Court: A Legal Study of the Calama Riots in 408

Riots at Calama and Utica in 408 prompted several Catholic bishops to travel to the imperial court. Episcopal embassies applied pressure both to religious opponents and to African administrators by



Law and Family in Late Antiquity: The Emperor Constantine's Marriage Legislation

(1996). Law and Family in Late Antiquity: The Emperor Constantine's Marriage Legislation. History: Reviews of New Books: Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 188-188.

Laying Down the Law: Mysticism, Fetishism, and the American Legal Mind

Laying Down the Law is a collection of short essays aimed at acquainting American law and legal thought with their own postmodern condition. The book contains revised versions of the following

Women and Law in Late Antiquity

This is the first comprehensive account of women's legal and social positions in the west from classical antiquity right through to the early middle ages. The main focus of the book is on the late

Women in late antiquity : pagan and Christian life-styles

Law and morality tolerance, prhibition and protection health domesticity and ascetism being female.

Legal Advocacy in the Roman World

  • J. Crook
  • History
    Journal of Roman Studies
  • 1996
There were two legal professions in Ancient Rome: the law was created by the jurists and their work that has been received into the modern systems; but the daily practice of the courts, socially of

Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court AD 364-425

The governing classes the ascendany of Ausonius the accession of Theodosius Christianity and the court - Constantinople the provincial upper classes - evangelism and heresy the usurpation of Maximus

Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire

Peter Brown, a known authority on Mediterranean civilisation in late antiquity, traces the growing power of early Christian bishops as they wrested influence from the philosophers who had

The rise of the Roman jurists

late and too little); and some explanation of what Dolabella's departure from his own province and his presence in Nero's consilium entailed would also have been useful. But in general the commentary

Fatal Charades: Roman Executions Staged as Mythological Enactments

Tertullian, illustrating the sacrilegious nature of pagan religion, records that in an auditorium he saw a person being burned to death in the role of Hercules and another being castrated as Attis;

Barbarians and Bishops: Army, Church, and State in the Age of Arcadius and Chrysostom

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