Compiling the Collatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum in Late Antiquity

Hardcover | September 18, 2011

byRobert M. Frakes

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The expansion of Christianity and the codification of Roman law are two of the most significant facets of late antiquity. The Collatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum, or Collation of the Laws of Moses and the Romans, is one of the most perplexing works of late antiquity: a law book compiled atthe end of the fourth century by an anonymous editor who wanted to show the similarity between laws of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, and Roman law. Citing first laws from the Hebrew Bible - especially from Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy which he believed were written by Moses - theanonymous Collator then compared corresponding passages from Roman jurists and from Roman laws to form discussions on sixteen topics such as homicide, adultery, homosexuality, incest, and cruelty towards slaves. While earlier scholars wrestled with dating the Collatio, the religious identity of theCollator, and the purpose of the work, this book suggests that the Collator was a Christian lawyer writing in the last years of the fourth century in an attempt to draw pagan lawyers to seeing the connections between the law of a monotheistic God and traditional Roman law.Frakes's volume presents a five-chapter historical study of the Collatio with a revised Latin text, new English translation, and a historical and juristic commentary.

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The expansion of Christianity and the codification of Roman law are two of the most significant facets of late antiquity. The Collatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum, or Collation of the Laws of Moses and the Romans, is one of the most perplexing works of late antiquity: a law book compiled atthe end of the fourth century by an anonymou...

Professor Robert M. Frakes held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Leopold Wenger Institute for Ancient Legal History and Papyrus Research at the University of Munich periodically from 1995-2007.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.59 inPublished:September 18, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199589402

ISBN - 13:9780199589401

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AbbreviationsIntroductionPart 1: The CollatorOne: Approaching the Collator s World1. Diocletian s Inheritance2. Religion, Law, and Politics under the House of Constantine3. Church and State in the Mid-Fourth Century4. Law, Religion, and the Age of Theodosius I5. Conclusion: Roman Law after the Fall of the WestTwo: Dating the Work1. Medieval and Early Modern Encounters with the collatio2. Internal Evidence3. Closing the Window4. Conclusion: A Single CollatorThree: The Collator s Sources1. Jurists and the Laws2. The Collator s Bible3. Conclusion: The Collator s LibraryFour: The Collator s Method1. Structure2. Using Texts3. Conclusion: The Collator at WorkFive: The Collator s Identity and Purpose1. Questions of Identity2. The Religious Angle3. The Collator s Audience and Purpose4. Conclusion: The Christian CollatorPart 2: The Work (Collatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum)siglaLatin TextEnglish TranslationCommentaryTablesWorks Cited