Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD: The Theodosian Dynasty and its Quaestors

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

byTony Honore

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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 combinesall 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 torestore 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.

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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 combinesall four. Using his innovative and controve...

Tony Honore was Regius Professor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, 1971-88; Fellow, 1971-89, Acting Warden, 1987-89, All Souls College, Oxford. Former Delegate of the Press, eminent and well-respected author.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198260784

ISBN - 13:9780198260783

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Table of Contents

1. Law in the Age of CrisisEastern Laws and Quaestors2. 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 Code7. Theodosius II: Beyond the Code (438-450)Western Laws and Quaestors8. Valentinian II and Maximus (383-392)9. A View from Rome: Law in the Historia Augusta10. 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 AgeTable 2. List of Legal Texts cited with references to PalingenesiaBibliographyIndexPalingenesia of Constitutions of the Theodosian Age 379-455 (on an accompanying disk)

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Although this erudite book appeals to specialists, it also contributes significantly to the understanding of late Roman society./ K. W. Harl, Tulane University, Choice, May 1999, Vol 36, no 9