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Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

ISBN13: 9780198260783
ISBN: 0198260784
Published: April 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: hardback;floppy disk
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This is a new book from an eminent and well-respected scholar. A work of reference; an essay in the analysis of style; a contribution to the prosopography of the late Roman quaestorship; a reflection on the fall of the western and the survival of the eastern Roman empire: the book combines all four.;Using his innovative and controversial method of analysis, already successfully employed in his highly-acclaimed Emperors and Lawyers (2nd edn 1994, OUP), the author examines the laws of a crucial period of the late Roman empire (379-455 AD), a time when the West collapsed while the East survived. Wherever possible, he assigns each law to the likely imperial quaestor who drafted it. This approach yields a novel type of list of office holder (Fasti), in which each quaestor is associated with the laws he drafted. The author shows why the eastern Theodosian Code (429-438 AD), intended to restore the legal and administrative unity of the Roman empire, came too late to save the West.;The accompanying Palingenesia on an accompanying disk will enable scholars to read the texts chronologically and to judge the soundness of the arguments advanced.;This book will be welcomed as a significant advance in our understanding of a fascinating period of late antiquity.

1. Law in the Age of Crisis; EASTERN LAWS AND QUAESTORS; 2. Theodosius I: the First Decade (379-388); 3. Theodosius I: Flavianus and the Later Years (388-395); 4. Arcadius (394-408) and Eutropius Quaestor (396-9); 5. Theodosius II: Towards the Code (408-437); 6. Understanding the Theodosian Code; 7. Theodosius II: Beyond the Code (438-450); WESTERN LAWS AND QUAESTORS; 8. Valentinian II and Maximus (383-392); 9. A View from Rome: Law in the Historia Augusta; 10. Honorius: the Milan Period (395-402); 11. Honorius: the Ravenna Period (402-423); 12. Valentinian III and Galla Placidia (425-437); 13. Valentinian III: the Later Years (438-455); TABLES; Table 1. List of Imperial Quaestors of the Theodosian Age; Table 2. List of Legal Texts cited with references to Palingenesia; Bibliography; Index; Palingenesia of Constitutions of the Theodosian Age 379-455 (on an accompanying disk)