Lives Behind The Laws: The World Of The Codex Hermogenianus

Paperback | February 5, 2010

bySerena Connolly

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In this exploration of the administration of law and its role in the lives of ordinary people in the northern provinces of the Roman Empire, Serena Connolly draws upon a rich but little-known legal collection from the late 3rd century known as the Codex Hermogenianus. The codex is composed of imperial responses to petitions sent to Rome, written by a team of the emperor's legal experts. These petitions and responses provide a wealth of information about provincial legal administration and the lives of the non-elite petitioners. The man who prostituted his wife, the mother whose malicious son undersold her farm, and the slaves who posed as free men to get a loan are just a few of the lives to encounter. Lives behind the Laws makes a valuable contribution to Roman social, political, and legal history.

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In this exploration of the administration of law and its role in the lives of ordinary people in the northern provinces of the Roman Empire, Serena Connolly draws upon a rich but little-known legal collection from the late 3rd century known as the Codex Hermogenianus. The codex is composed of imperial responses to petitions sent to Rom...

Serena Connolly is Assistant Professor of Classics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:February 5, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221471

ISBN - 13:9780253221476

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
1. Seeking Justice in the Roman World
Petitioning in the Roman World
2. The Rescript System
The Codex Hermogenianus
The Rescript System in Motion
The Work of the scrinium libellorum
3. The Rescript System in Context
Petitioners
Places
4. Using the System
"With the Law"
"Before the Law"
"Against the Law"
5. The Emperor and his Petitioners
Petitioners in Need: The New Understanding of Poverty
The Roles of the Emperor
Limits on the Emperor
The Nexus of Power: Emperor, Officials, Petitioners
Conclusion
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Map
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"[A] highly thought-provoking as well as finely written and carefully argued work, which will doubtlessly prove useful to those studying the Roman legal system and Diocletian's reign." -Phoenix