Laying Down the Law in Ferragosto: The Roman Visit of Theodosius in Summer 389

  title={Laying Down the Law in Ferragosto: The Roman Visit of Theodosius in Summer 389},
  author={Fritz Dr Graf},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={219 - 242}
  • F. Graf
  • Published 6 June 2014
  • History
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
The article looks at the ten constitutions and rescripts Theodosius promulgated during his stay in Rome in June to August, 389, after his victory over the usurper Maximus. It understands Theodosius’s activity as law-giver as part of his campaign to appear as the legitimate heir to a long series of exceptional emperors, from Augustus to Trajan to Constantine, with a deep concern for the civic side of Roman life; with the exception of his decree against Manichaeans (CTh 16.5.1), his other laws… 
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